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An Indian man reaches out to touch his young bride who wears a red sari that covers her face; a woman raising her arms in terror as flames envelop her and all her belongings, a man setting off to earn his fortune abroad with a blue sack over his shoulder and a woman (his wife?) staying at home stirring a pot; an AIDS prevention advertisement within a decorative border by NGO-AIDS Cell, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS. Colour lithograph by Unesco/Aidthi Workshop, March 1995.

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March 1995

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view An Indian man reaches out to touch his young bride who wears a red sari that covers her face; a woman raising her arms in terror as flames envelop her and all her belongings, a man setting off to earn his fortune abroad with a blue sack over his shoulder and a woman (his wife?) staying at home stirring a pot; an AIDS prevention advertisement within a decorative border by NGO-AIDS Cell, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS. Colour lithograph by Unesco/Aidthi Workshop, March 1995.
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Dowries in India began as gifts of land to a woman as her inheritance in an essentially agricultural economy but have since degenerated into gifts of gold, clothes, consumer durables and large sums of cash; this sometimes entailed the impoverishment and heavy indebtedness of poor families. The dowry is often used by the receiving families for business purposes, family member's education, or the dowry to be given for the husband's sister. The transaction of dowry often does not end with the actual wedding ceremony as the family is expected to continue to give gifts. In the course of time dowry has become a widespread evil and it has now assumed menacing proportions ... With the increasing greed for the easy inflow of money on account of a bride the chilling stories of bride burning started coming to light. (extract from http://www.helplinelaw.com )

Publication/Creation

New Delhi (Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi-110029) : AIIMS, March 1995 (India; Printed at Balaji Ads O Prints India Pvt. Ltd.)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 54.5 x 44.8 cm

Lettering

Unesco/Aidthi Workshop: Bihar, India, March 1995. Printing sponsored by East-West Committee, London for NGO-AIDS Cell, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi. S. Ghosh.

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[S. Ghosh (illustration)] Unesco/Aidthi Workshop (Bihar) NGO AIDS Cell (AIIMS) March 1995 NGO AIDS Cell (AIIMS) India current contacts: see website for details: http://www.aiims.ac.in 08/07/2009 UkLW UK Transcription from the item

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 677452i

Creator/production credits

Artist believed to be S. Ghosh according to similar posters catalogued

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Language

  • Hindi


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