Comes Headless Music

12 04 2013

Comes Headless Music

Wouldn’t it be headless music for a nation to not respect women? What atonement would fix a hole in the heart? Neat erasure of women in the society is equal to a full stop to human race.

Sex selective abortion in India has been a meandering recurrence of devious trouble. What then is the solution for a shameful bale? Completeness isn’t about absence of a certain element, it is the presence of all elements in vital proportions. We lose girls every year to beliefs that state men bring money and women bring misery. Does a wood stick mind know that a woman is as important as a man?

Walter Astrada, a photojournalist from Argentina has captured the mucus moments of the silhouetted side of India. He has irreproachably mixed the nuisance sentiments of women torture in Undesired: Violence Against Women in India, his exploration of the impacts of sex selective abortions in India. Sadness carpets the episodic rise of even the economically charged country Norway, Walter Astrada documents the violence in the country with an insider’s eye and an outsider’s sympathy. He has also photographed the puddled violence in Democratic Republic of Congo and Guatemala. Women are not blessed with peace by the men folk. While some consider the land mother, some dispense harsh outrages.

His project looks into the violence against women in four continents – Asia, Europe, Africa and North America (India, Norway, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guatemala). Like the sinkhole in Guatemala, there is a ‘psyche hole’ in the countries that do not enjoy gender equality. No country is safe if a woman of the land cannot reach home without a scratch of the mind or the body.

Walter Astrada, born in Argentina in 1974, is a freelancer based in Kampala, Uganda, and is a stringer for Agence France-Presse. In 1996, he started his career as staff photographer in La Nacion newspaper (Argentina). In 1999 he travelled in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Peru developing a personal project on “Faith.” In September 1999 he joined The Associated Press in Bolivia and later in Argentina. From 2000 to 2002 he worked for the Associated Press in Paraguay. During 2003, he worked as a freelancer in Buenos Aires and Madrid, then at the end of 2003 he re-joined the Associated Press based in the Dominican Republic. From March 2005 until March 2006, he worked as a freelancer for Agence France Presse in the Dominican Republic and was represented and distributed by World Picture News. From March 2006 until December 2007 he was a freelancer in Spain.

He travelled to India to document the effects of the selective abortion of feminine foetuses and the death of women because of complications during abortions carried out in poor hygienic conditions and complications during the pregnancy and giving birth.

The practice of sex-selective abortion is the result of cultural norms that value male children over female children. The Lancet magazine estimates that in the last 20 years 10 million feminine foetuses have been eliminated in the country. Likewise, the numbers of pregnant women that die each year in India from preventable causes are close to 80,000.

His project aims at contemplating violence against women as a historic and worldwide phenomenon and his goal is to create awareness about this violence and its consequences in the life of tens of thousands of women and girls.

He has recently won the Alfred I. du Pont Award for Excellence in Broadcast and Digital Journalism for Undesired.
(Walter Astrada)

Let us all hope with the wick of the candle that it shall never run out of flame for the darker days may end with disgust and better days may arise with a new shine.

This post is a part of #Soldierforwomen in association with



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