When Smita Sharma began photographing survivors of rape in India in December 2014, the experience was so intense that she developed post traumatic stress disorder.
Shabina (20) at her house near Kolkata. Shabina was raped eight years ago by a man from her community. Her family and neighbors then forced her to marry him. (Photo courtesy: Smita Sharma)
Beena (15) was going to be married in eight days, when a distant relative in his a his forties, with a wife and daughter, volunteered to take her to meet her mother. Instead, she was abducted and taken to a neighboring district in Uttar Pradesh. There, she was raped repeatedly for weeks. (Photo courtesy: Smita Sharma)