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Places of rape in India: 'Ladies Park', school bus, mall

Places of rape Image copyright Poulomi Basu
Image caption A 17-year-old was gang-raped by three men in south Delhi’s Safdarjung Enclave area in October 2013. The police said the men, who were known to the girl, raped her in a parked car.

A school bus, a shopping mall and a park are all places that are generally regarded as safe.

But as an exhibition of photographs currently on in the capital, Delhi, shows, these are also locations where women have been raped in India.

The Rape in India Project is a crowd-sourced platform of photos documenting locations and spaces where sexual assaults have occurred.

"The story of rape in India is truly horrific," says photographer and the project co-founder Poulomi Basu.

"With this project, we want to initiate a dialogue around the subject of rape and sexual assault. The banality of the locations where many rapes have taken place is chilling. Perhaps, we are not as safe as we think in such places," she adds.

The exhibition, conceived by PROOF: Media for Social Justice, is on at the India Habitat Centre until 23 December.

Image copyright Poulomi Basu
Image caption A 10-year-old girl was playing outside her home in the Sultanpuri area of Delhi when she was lured into a bus, similar to the one pictured, by her neighbour who then sexually assaulted her in April 2013.
Image copyright Poulomi Basu
Image caption A 77-year-old woman was raped and beaten up by a rickshaw puller in Delhi’s Rohini area, close to a police station, in March 2011. A passerby found her, badly bruised, early in the morning. Her two sons had spent the night looking for her when she didn’t return from a visit to her sister’s house. A 22-year-old man was sentenced for life in jail for the crime.
Image copyright CJ Clarke
Image caption A 19-year-old girl from Mumbai was allegedly drugged and raped by a youth in Kolkata (Calcutta) in August 2012. The crime took place in a well-lit park - ironically named "Ladies Park" - in the heart of the city.
Image copyright Poulomi Basu
Image caption A 27-year-old businesswoman was gang-raped by two men in her office in the Vardhman Premium Mall in Delhi’s Pitampura area in November 2013. Two men have been arrested and charged with the crime.
Image copyright Ravi Mishra
Image caption A group of people sit on a bridge in the northern Indian city of Varanasi where a 16-year-old girl was raped. She was kidnapped from near her home in the evening as she was returning from a shop after buying a matchbox. A man, accused of the crimes, is on bail.
Image copyright Poulomi Basu
Image caption A girl was picked up from the Bagdogra airport in north-east India, trafficked, and then raped at the Jalpaiguri railway station in 2014.
Image copyright Samyukta Lakshmi
Image caption In February, an eight-year-old girl was raped and murdered by a 19-year-old construction worker near Hoskote, 40km (24 miles) from the city of Bangalore. Her mutilated body was found in a temporary car shed.

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