Honorable Mention / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Hijras-Where do i go?

  • Company
    D studio n Gallery
  • Photographer
    Dilip Vishwamitra Bhatia

Some 70% of the households in India do not have access to toilets, whether in rural areas
or urban slums. Roughly, 60% of the country’s 1.2 billion people still defecate in the
open. In lieu of toilets people use fields , bushes, open bodies or open spaces.
If that is not bad enough, imagine the plight of the Hijras or the Eunuch, who are not
accepted by the society and are mocked upon. Neither gender wants them to use their
toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. Often times in the open too they are
ridiculed, made fun off and even thrown stones at.
These series of images were created with the intent to question and draw the attention of
the authorities to look into their problem and hopefully do something about it. As in the
time spent with them, I felt this was probably one of the biggest frustration

A 1992 allumni of Brooks Institute , CA.
2009 -COMMUNICATION ARTS ,
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2009 -WGPA , HASSELBLAD'S MASTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2009 &2010 FINALIST
Operates from Mumbai,India