In 2012, Indo-Canadian artist Nimisha Bhanot was in art school when she heard about the rape and murder of Jyoti Singh from the Nirbhaya case of Delhi.
Nimisha told BuzzFeed,
I was very angered that there were people out there blaming her for getting raped because she was out at night. Mohan Bhagwat’s comment about ‘Bharat’ becoming ‘India’ due to Western influence and being the cause for a rise in gang rapes sincerely pissed me off.
This inspired Nimisha to depict Indian women as empowered, confident, and liberated. Nimisha’s paintings are not just beautiful but they also have a very strong message around them. She named each one of them appropriately. Saree-clad or jewellery laden, these real Indian women wear Henna and tattoos with equal pride. They are sexy and they know it!