XXX: Mumbai’s suburban train graffiti

A spate of events in recent years was not the only time that women in Mumbai felt out of place. Unfortunately the city that prides itself as being most ‘friendly’ towards women doesn't always behave favourably towards them. Women might feel relatively safer in Mumbai but that does not mean that they enjoy unrestricted access to public spaces in the city and that their presence in public goes entirely unquestioned. These photographs of the illustrative graffiti scrawled in local trains – the life-line of many a Mumbai woman – portrays some of the everyday assault (in this case non-verbal and non-physical but equally disturbing) that women confront as they venture out from their homes for work or play. This work was inspired by conversations with, Sameera Khan, ShilpaPhadke and ShilpaRanade – authors of the book ‘Why Loiter?: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets’. This work was inspired by conversations with, Sameera Khan, ShilpaPhadke and ShilpaRanade – authors of the book ‘Why Loiter?: Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets’.

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