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8 months ago (2019-11-02 14:25:17)

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I photographed this young woman in a shelter for abused women in India. She was hiding from her husband and her husband’s family at the time. He had tried to kill her after she tried to file charges against him for repeated rape and domestic abuse. She said the police had laughed at her and made lecherous comments when she tried to file charges. She was forced to flee her village shortly afterwards, leaving her children behind. A 2014 study in The Lancet reports that although the “reported” sexual violence rate in India is among the lowest in the world, the large population of India means that the violence affects 27.5 million women over their lifetimes. However, A survey carried out by the Thomson Reuters Foundation ranked India as the most dangerous country in the world for women. Indian government surveys show that 42% of girls in the country have been sexually abused. One reason for this is cultural. Girls are often trained to be meek and silent. They are told to be quiet, to speak softly, to have no opinions. As a result, they are easy to ignore, overrule, and violate without repercussions. This may be changing, it’s been reported that over 200,000 woman in the Delhi area alone have signed up for self defense classes, with Krav Maga becoming popular. India’s population is 48 percent female. But women hold just under 12 percent of seats in the national legislature. That falls well below the 30 percent “critical mass” that the United Nations Equal Opportunity Commission believes is necessary for women lawmakers to be influential in policymaking. The evidence suggests that an Indian government with more women in it could better protect Indian women by passing comprehensive laws that defend women from abuse and help victims recover. #violenceagainstwomen #violence #domesticviolence #india @natgeo @gettyimages #kravmaga

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totally_wyld Profile
@totally_wyld posted 8 months ago

Stunning image & thank you for sharing this sad story. I hope this woman is at least at peace now & protected from being violated. Men are a huge problem in this world & we heed to start addressing it for real. Enough is enough. I am so sick of seeing & hearing horrific stories of abuse towards women done at the hand of man. This needs to stop. It should never have began. All humans should be equal!

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@tiffany_d_armstrong posted 8 months ago

Wow. This is exactly why I do what I do. These statistics NEED to change. Thank you for shining a light on this. This picture speaks way more than a thousand words. 🙏

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@mariyka_d0108 posted 8 months ago

❤️

parkolate Profile
@parkolate posted 8 months ago

beautiful

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@hand_made_artist_la_rubia posted 8 months ago

Yes this is what happen in India all the time with women. And nothing happens. Ladys stand up for your rights your humans rights 🙏.

urbanamazona Profile
@urbanamazona posted 8 months ago

Thank you for doing this great work and giving those women a voice by making it public to the world. I admire you 🙏

mr_retired_guy Profile
@mr_retired_guy posted 8 months ago

I can’t add a like or heart to this because of the terrible situation women are in, in India. My heart goes out to these women. Thank you for explaining it so well.

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@spiceminesofkessel posted 8 months ago

So what happens next? Can she stay there permanently or until the threat “dies down” if you will? Also on a very lighter note- congrats on a fantastic World Cup. I hope it brings a little joy to SA. Every little helps..

pietermunnik Profile
@pietermunnik posted 8 months ago

😢

rocktheelephant Profile
@rocktheelephant posted 8 months ago

Herein is the world’s problems. The feminine MUST take political control around our planet if there’s any hope for humanity. Too much toxic masculine and malignant narcissistic men in positions of power have created a violent and dangerous world for all of us and our environment. Women’s empowerment is our salvation.

gthm_shaan Profile
@gthm_shaan posted 8 months ago

At least you know the things wats happening in INDIA than govt. . . . 🤔😕

vidhyaac Profile
@vidhyaac posted 8 months ago

That's very sad

the_sisterwolf Profile
@the_sisterwolf posted 8 months ago

Thank you for your work ❤️❤️❤️

be__swapnadeep Profile
@be__swapnadeep posted 8 months ago

Great work , i am an Indian

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@cristian_deglinnocenti posted 8 months ago

This is the brutal real world for millions of people in the world. They are mostly alone. Abandoned. Your work is very important and u suppose very hard to do. You are a great Man. Sorry for my lame english.

nadjahouben Profile
@nadjahouben posted 8 months ago

Thank you Brent for taking this photo and telling the story. So important

inesespinosagartzke Profile
@inesespinosagartzke posted 8 months ago

Makes me again realize how fortunate I am to live in the US where I have the freedom to fight back and stand up for my rights as a woman and a human being.....

jacinda_english Profile
@jacinda_english posted 8 months ago

Poor soul, those of us who have suffered domestic abuse have better help here though there's still room for improvement..but my heart bleeds for people in other societies where women are just possessions of no value in many cases.

susiemargaretwalsh Profile
@susiemargaretwalsh posted 8 months ago

oh your photos are so beautifully sad. Wake Up WORLD and look at what rape, killing and abuse does. ..This must stop now. These men are cowards and bullies without consequences. In fact, they are political leaders.Stay strong all abused. VOTE. You are not lost but loved

luh.aguia Profile
@luh.aguia posted 7 months ago

Orem pela paz, peace, Jesus loves you, oremos

impactlensphoto Profile
@impactlensphoto posted 6 months ago

Beautiful photo. Patriarchy perpetrated by Indian men (and women sighed with them) are a national epidemic. Also: marital rape is not even considered a thing. We have a long way to go.

mjmelan Profile
@mjmelan posted 6 months ago

Some Cultures Are Better Than Others. I dont even consider Indians part of the human race

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@isabelle.anne.abraham posted 5 months ago

Thank you for sharing this important information @brentstirton . I'll be moving to India soon and was actually looking up Krav Maga classes before reading this. It's frightening how the police react to women's reports there.

heckitty Profile
@heckitty posted 4 months ago

This is exquisite. And terribly painful.

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