Foras Road red light district, Mumbai

There was an overwhelming dark energy as we explored the narrow lanes of the Red Light District in Mumbai. Men stared, mostly at me, in a threatening and almost vulgar kind of way. I felt unsafe, as if I was being stripped down with a mere glance. I looked into the eyes of women and imagined what they felt like, when those men were around, watching and waiting. I caught a few smiles here and there, perhaps when they felt a moment of freedom.¬†Children were everywhere. Some looked rather questionable, scantily dressed and holding rupees in their tiny hands. They …