Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Girl with Shawl, Daughter of a Prostitute, Nirvanavan Foundation, Rajasthan, India, 2009
Is she really that? Does that define her?
Do her aunts still trade sex for money? Are her uncles the pimps behind these transactions?
Can a Society calling itself a democracy allow this to happen in plain view? Are the police aware?
Do the neighbors think of them as the lowest in the Society while they pay for their services?
Does she have a chance in this dark world? Can there be a future for humanity with this in mind?
How much pain has she seen? How many of her sisters have been sent away for money?
When she plays in the alley in front of her home, is she only a wall away from the truth?
Does she perhaps already know her sisters' reality? Does she believe it is hers?
Are there men that believe being with her will cure them of their sexually transmitted illness?
What payment will they make? What price will she pay? What has Society lost?
Does anyone care?
Only the answer to the last question is clear to me. It is one reason for her smile.
She will survive, she will overcome her destiny.