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Mumbai - Message on a wall

A few years ago India got in the news with some brutal gang rapes of young women.
Mass protests broke out after one of the victims died from her injuries. Meanwhile the Indian government has entered several new rules for rape cases but not that much has changed.

The first article I read in a newspaper during my journey was about a new rape case (in New Delhi) and also committed with great violence.

Since the gruesome rape in 2012, the number of reports has risen by 40 percent.
In 2015, as many as 35.000 women went to the police and 7.000 convictions followed.

Yet many women feel humiliated and intimidated when submitting their complaint or even at the medical examination afterwards. This makes that sometimes they drop the charge. If they persevere, they have to deal with a slow legal process.

To me this already half-decayed mural seemed to refer to those rape cases.

International Women's Day, every year on March 8th, is all about militancy and solidarity of women around the world.
The mural calls for respect.
So perhaps an interesting photo for today.

But there is also good news from India.

The number of child marriages is decreasing worldwide.
South Asia draws the biggest decline in the number of child marriages in the last decade and this is largely due to the progress in India.

When a girl is forced to marry as a child, this has consequences for the rest of her life.
She has much less chance to finish her school, a greater risk of ending up in poverty and she is more likely to be abused.
Here India has made great progress. Yet today there are an estimated 650 million women around the world who are married when they were minors.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4259 W: 17 N: 9968] (41070)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-01-06
  • Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
  • Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-03-08 0:04
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