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Aravani II
2006-01-21 oochappan

Aravani II

India - Tamil Nadu - Madurai

Men dressed as women

They represent everything that goes straight in to the traditional puritan morality of Tamil society where still some code even for dressing is imposed not to be provocative.

The subject sex is taboo but on the other hand the cause of the high infection rate of Aids here in Tamil Nadu. You may be assured that these "ladies" are mostly very well informed and aware of this danger as soon as they meet other likewise minded persons. A lot of social organizations target especially these groups as they are often in the danger zone. Although lorry-drivers are very often in this danger zone too but harder to reach to inform.

I had the chance once to encounter several social workgroups, discussing the matter but noticed that those organizations are often easily exploited by politicians.

When I took this shot a lot of passengers passed by skirting around shunning them, with big eyes pointed at me .... while they had fun.


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firoze shakir 29-Jul-2008 18:06
good work keep it up
Guest 28-Mar-2006 06:05
Good DOF N detail note.TFS - Sathiyan S