16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

Laxmi (named changed for safety), 22, sleeps at her parents' house. Jul, 2018. Madhya Pradesh, India. Laxmi was kidnapped by a man who had asked her hand on several previous occasions and who, with the help of his other wife, sold her in the state of Rajasthan for $50,000 rupees ($700 usd) to 2 men who brutally raped her and then sold her again in Bangalore, where she was forced to marriage twice against her will and was continuously raped and mentally tortured until she managed to communicate with her family who rescued her and bought her back to the village emotionally and mentally broke. After months of being raped and tortured, In Mumbai she managed to call her brother Bhagun and told him what happened to her. He immediately informed his parents and the police about what happened and her current location. Police investigated ‘Amit’ the agressor, and rescued her and took her back to the Village. After the incident, her life was completely distorted. In addition, as social stigma, members of her community began to pressure her father not to reveal what happened to her. They built tremendous social pressure on her family. Afraid and under pressure her father found a man to marry her within a month. She has been married since then. She is now 5 months pregnant and dreams of escaping from her in-laws house.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Madhya Pradesh, India
Camera: X-Pro2
Copyright: © Juan Pablo Ampudia