16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People

Ramsabha was threatened with a knife to the neck and with her daughter Bharti as a witness. “My daughter got awake, silent and afraid in a corner of the room, telling me not to scream or the attacker would kill us both. [...] She went to the side and covered her face with a blanket and quietly slept in fear.” - says Ramsabha in tears. Jul, 2018. Madhya Pradesh, India. her mother was raped by the person she and her husband worked for. The majority of Indian women do not feel safe alone on the streets, at work, in markets, or at home, even though they have learned how to cope with the anxiety. They had learned to modify their behaviours to feel safe – they don’t go out alone unnecessarily; come home at night before dark; get permission to go out; are always careful and alert; and they censor their speech, their clothes and their body posture, including whether or not they look men in the eyes.

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