Cycle of Hardship

Home to hundreds of temples and bordered by the sacred Yamuna River, the city of Vrindavan, India, is a sacred destination for Hindus and members of the Hare Krishna Movement, many of whom travel there on pilgrimage each year. But in the shadows of its temples and tour buses, Vrindavan’s women struggle. From child brides to widows, many women in the area have found themselves condemned to lives of sexual exploitation, destitution, and denial by both religious and societal traditions.

This photo essay was a collaborative effort between the photographer and the non-profit organization Food for Life Vrindavan, which advocates Indian girls’ and women’s rights. Learn more about Food for Life Vrindavan.