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Fashion Photo Shoot Depicts Indian Woman Being Harassed By a Group of Men

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Last week, Mumbai based photographer Raj Shetye released a photo series named 'The Wrong Turn' depicting a sole Indian woman being harassed by a several men on a bus. The photos have caused an outrage on social media as people believe the shoot was based on the 2012 Delhi rape case also known by the name Nirbhaya. Whilst photographer Shetye is receiving tons of backlash from the public about the series, he told Buzzfeed that, "It is not based on Nirbhaya" and that "This is in no way meant to glamorize the act, which was very bad. It’s just a way of throwing light on it." enhanced-buzz-wide-27346-1407225609-7 enhanced-buzz-wide-17936-1407225612-9 Shetye explained why he chose to use high-end designer clothing on the models by saying, "The message I would like to give is that it doesn't matter who the girl is, it doesn't depend on which class she belongs to – it can happen to anyone.We stay in a society where rich people roam in cars, and poor people who roam in public transport are in danger. It was my intent to mix these two things which are pretty apart from each other and make aesthetically strong images about it." enhanced-buzz-wide-3669-1407225609-7 enhanced-buzz-wide-13564-1407225603-15 Whist he remains persistent that the photos don't resemble Nirbhaya, many disagree. Here's a Facebook comment thread under photographer Fabien Charuau’s post about “The Wrong Turn.”

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This is what Shetye has to say to his critics:

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When asked about the reactions from society, Shetye says he's just satisfied to have started a conversation. “On a personal level, too, I got many reactions. On my Facebook, from my friends. It makes me feel satisfied about my work – at least the work I did is so impactful that I’m able to shed some light on this. I don’t feel happy, but it makes me feel satisfied. That whatever I've tried to communicate is being communicated.”

It seems that now the photos have been taken down from the photographers Behance profile, perhaps he's having second thoughts after the reactions on social media.

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