O artista Sujatro Ghosh decidiu iniciar um projeto onde mulheres se vestem com máscaras de vaca em locais públicos a fim de denunciar a violência contra a mulher na Índia.

No hinduísmo, religião de cerca de 80% da população indiana, as vacas são sagradas, homenageadas em cerimônias religiosas e os hindus não podem comer sua carne.

Ghosh disse ao BuzzFeed que, ao pensar como as vacas eram protegidas, teve uma ideia: “Se nós podemos proteger vacas, por que não podemos proteger mulheres?”, disse ele ao Buzzfeed.

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Uma das mulheres participantes do projeto, Reetwija Chakraborty, falou sobre a experiência de usar uma cabeça de vaca. “Enquanto usar uma máscara de vaca no meio de uma rua movimentada, em frente a lugares lotados, significa que você vai chamar mais atenção do que o normal, mas estar dentro da máscara foi poderoso”, disse ela.

As fotos do projeto estão sendo compartilhadas no Instagram de Ghosh.

My art comes as a form of protest. In my country Cows are more important than a woman's life with more security. (Reference: Majority of Hindus believe cow as their holy animal and they worship it though Majority of Muslims consume it as a part of their daily meal.) The debate is never ending "Whether to consume or worship it" but gaining political benefits out of it is wrong. Why not let the people decide what they want to consume. I will be photographing women from different parts of the society. I would be more than happy if you reach out to me and want to get photographed or maybe join this form of protest. (Unable to disclose name for security reasons) says : "The mask instils a feeling of closure in the world of creepy gazes and lewd comments. This makes me feel empowered and safe. Empowered because I can raise my voice against these political miscreants and safe because it conceals my identity." #RisingBeyondJingoism #WHPstandout #bedroom #cow #women #protest #womenpower #politics #indiarising #phonecall #live #animals #love #laugh #art #conversation #everydayeverywhere #indiaphotoproject #everydayindia #womenphotographers #myfeatureshoot

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My art comes as a form of protest. In my country Cows are more important than a woman's life with more security. (Reference: Majority of Hindus believe cow as their holy animal and they worship it though Majority of Muslims consume it as a part of their daily meal.) The debate is never ending "Whether to consume or worship it" but gaining political benefits out of it is wrong. Why not let the people decide what they want to consume. I will be photographing women from different parts of the society. This is silent form of protest which starts from India Gate, one of the most visited sights in India. I would be more than happy if you reach out to me and want to get photographed or maybe join this form of protest. #RisingBeyondJingoism #WHPstandout #indiagate #cow #women #protest #womenpower #weekend #indiarising #workingwomen #live #animals #love #laugh #bluesky #standup #everydayeverywhere #indiaphotoproject #everydayindia #womenphotographers #myfeatureshoot

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