Here among these 11 photos is a short story of a runaway bride. Running away from marriage, running away from abuse, running towards freedom, and wishing to fly. Throughout this story, you will find symbols of domestic abuse. I urge viewers to take their time, look at each photo carefully, and take something from each in relation to domestic violence. I paired some of these photos with poems written by, Pooja Kini.
This project is dedicated to all the women who were forced to suffer silently. Domestic abuse is often an ignored topic in South Asian culture. The husband’s parents don’t want to admit their son is abusive, or they believe that the wife deserves it, but either way they remain silent. The wife is threatened if she ever dares to defend herself or seek help. In some instances families partake in honor killings where women are killed for wanting to marry someone of their choice or refuse to give up their basic rights to control their own lives. They may also partake in dowry deaths where the women is often murdered, abused, or driven to suicide by her husband’s family because they were unhappy with the dowry.
With this project, I am raising my voice for the brave and strong women in my life who have been through domestic violence, and for the women back in Pakistan and India who aren’t able to tell their stories.
“I raise my voice-not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” - Malala Yousafzai
I would also like to share the story of Noura Hussein, a 19 year old girl forced into marriage who defensively killed her “husband” when he attempted to rape her for the second time. You can read about it here: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/sudanese-teen-sentenced-death-killing-husband-rape-180510171137709.html
Thank you to Pooja Kini for the beautiful poems to go alongside these photos.
Thank you to Sharbeen & Samra for helping to be a part of this project.
If you want to donate to victims of domestic violence, please visit any of the links below:
TRIGGER WARNING- The following photos are a depiction of domestic violence and may be triggering for those who have experienced mental, physical, or emotional abuse. Viewer discretion is advised.
Here is, Wish to Fly.