Bharathi is a battered wife and obliged by society to live with her abuser. Her husband and mother-in-law deprived her of food and water when she was expecting a baby daughter: if they starved the mother to death, the daughter would die. But life stubbornly endures; her daughter is called Niharika (drop of water).

Although NGOs have been working in India for over four decades and over 80% of women are victims of gender violence, there are no shelters or action plans for them.


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Seema has three sisters but no brothers. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother has been head of the family in a patriarchal, sexist society.

Seema and her sisters had to abandon school to help with the family finances.

34% of people in India cannot read or write. Most girls in rural areas do not attend school because their families believe that a daughter’s future is to be part of the family of her husband-to-be.

One of the chores they will have to do when married is to provide water for their in-laws.


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Nanda lives in one of the poorest districts of India’s financial capital, just 30 minutes from the spacious homes of Bollywood actors. 

In fact, over six million people live in conditions of extreme poverty in Mumbai. They face serious problems to access water.

India is a country of marked contrasts and major social inequality. Economic neoliberalism has made it a country with one of the highest rates of growth, but at the same time it has the greatest concentration of poor in the world.

Many offices display the famous sentence: “If you are born poor it’s not your fault. But it is, if you die poor”.




Lakshmi is socially excluded because she is a dalit, a pariah, an untouchable.

Even though India abolished the caste system in its constitution, the members of the high castes, consider people from lower classes as “impure”, and prevent them from marrying members from other castes, and even deny them a right as basic as access to water.





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