India: Why we’re fighting for freedom from the tattoo industry

India’s tattoo industry, which accounts for around one-fifth of the country’s total exports, has been in the spotlight for months, amid criticism that it has become an industry that profits off of women’s bodies.

In the last two months, however, the issue has been under the spotlight again as the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of women being able to get a tattoo in India.

The issue has also been front and centre at the National Women’s Day celebration this week in the capital, New Delhi, which has seen protests by some women about the treatment of women who have received the tattoo.

“The women who are getting the tattoos are all from the same generation, they are all in the same age bracket, they all have similar tattoos,” said Sunita Dutta, a yoga teacher and the president of the Association for Creative Technology.

“But they are not allowed to get tattoos, and in fact, many of them are not even allowed to receive a tattoo.”‘

Tattoo is not just a fashion statement’The Association for the Study of Women’s Issues (ASWIA), a women’s rights organisation based in New Delhi and India’s most influential women’s magazine, has published a book called Tattoo in India that documents the issues women face when they have tattoos.

In the book, published on June 6, the authors argue that the country has no “feminist and secular” culture, and that “women’s bodies are the property of men, they do not belong to them”.

The book also alleges that women are forced into the profession of tattoo artists through the imposition of “tattoo fees” that are meant to “prevent girls from joining the professions”.

“Tattoos are not just fashion statements,” ASWIA’s editorial board wrote in the book.

“Tattoxes, which are supposed to be cosmetic, are a form of coercion.

They have been associated with rape and violence against women.

In fact, the use of tattoos by men to mark the female genitalia has been widely documented.”

Women in the tattoo business in India have long faced stigma, and have been accused of selling their bodies for profit.

A 2011 study by the Women’s Research Institute of India, for example, found that 40 per cent of tattooists had received at least one death threat for their work.

A 2010 survey by the National Commission for Women found that a quarter of women workers in the country have been raped or sexually assaulted.

A 2015 survey by ASWia found that more than half of women surveyed had been sexually harassed by tattoo artists, and an additional 16 per cent had been assaulted.

The tattoo industry in India, however has remained largely untouched by the controversy.

“Torture, sexual harassment and violence are not new to the industry.

It is simply a part of the industry and it is part of its culture,” said Dr Anil Kumar, the president and CEO of the National Tattoo Institute of Canada.

“The industry has always been quite supportive of women in the industry, but there are still things that need to be addressed and we hope that this can be a positive step towards eradicating violence against all women.”

The debate around the treatment and demand of women tattoos has been fuelled by social media, with some women, particularly women of colour, voicing their opinions on the issue.

“There is no question that a lot of the female tattoo industry is working to increase the number of women working in the sector,” said Sharana Sharma, the co-founder of the New Delhi-based online feminist group FemCom, which was formed to support women who want to get their tattoos.

“It is about changing the cultural image of women, but also changing the mindset of women to accept themselves.”‘

I just want to have a beautiful tattoo’While tattoos have been the subject of much debate in the past, the debate over their treatment has intensified in recent years.

In June 2016, a 16-year-old student, Gauri Lankesh, was gang-raped in New York City, and the police did not charge the rapists until three years later, when she was 23 years old.

In April this year, another 18-year old woman was killed in New Jersey, and a judge ruled that the state’s rape laws should not apply to her.

While the legal case against the men accused of the crime was dropped in March this year , the legal battle is still ongoing in the US, where the case has been heard by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of people who are willing to speak out about the horrific rape culture and abuse that they experienced, and we’re seeing women, especially those who are working in tattoo parlours, come forward,” said ASWias president Dutya.

“We need to stop the tattooing industry from turning into an industry where women are not treated equally.”

What are the biggest misconceptions about women in the workplace?

Time magazine recently released a list of the top 10 misconceptions about the world of work, with many of them aimed at women.

But the most common ones are all wrong.

Let’s take a look.


Women are only interested in work when they can’t find a job in their field.

Time Magazine lists the most commonly-held misconceptions about female workers: 1.

Most women are single.

This is wrong.


Women don’t want to be housewives.


Women aren’t interested in careers that involve lots of responsibility.


Women can’t handle stress.


Women have trouble multitasking.


Women work in industries that require them to be physically active.


Women want to work with men who are more than a match.


Women should work from home more than men.


Women only work when it’s not required by their employer.


Women think they have to be an exceptional employee.

The real truth is that women are not the only ones who need to work in their fields.

The fact is, most women can’t or don’t think they need to be at home most of the time.

There are other reasons a woman might want to have a job.

For one, most work is done by women.

It’s just not for everyone.

Women tend to be more emotional and work in teams, which is one of the main reasons they’re less likely to leave a job if it doesn’t work out.


Women may be less focused on their work than men because they work in the social sphere.

This might be because they’re more likely to have families, children, friends, and more than one job to focus on.

If you’re a woman who works in the financial sector, you’re not likely to spend a lot of time thinking about your business, and if you’re more focused on your career and social life, you might miss the opportunity to be creative.

Women also tend to have lower self-esteem than men, which makes them less likely than men to have an idea of their worth and to be ambitious.


Working for someone else might be the only option women can find in their careers, which might make it harder for them to find a meaningful and rewarding job.

Women in particular may have trouble finding work that doesn’t require them at home, or where they have less time.

If a woman is working from home, she might be able to be home most days, but if she works from home all day she might have a hard time finding a good job that doesn, too.


A woman might have trouble meeting men.

Many people assume that women need to make sure they are “presentable” at work, which means being dressed appropriately.

This can be true for some people, but it’s really not true for everyone, and there’s no reason to assume it’s true for everybody.


A man may be more likely than a woman to feel like he’s missing out on a job opportunity.

This could be because he’s less interested in being a full-time worker than a part-time one.

Women, on the other hand, are more likely that they’d like to be a full time worker and a part time one at the same time.

The truth is, many men don’t have a lot in common with women who work in certain fields, and many men have no interest in working for someone who is a different type of worker.

10,5 A woman may be able and willing to work as a part of a team, but she might not be able or willing to do so in every industry.

If the woman doesn’t want or need a job that requires her to be in a particular role, she may not be as willing to find one.

1,8 A woman can’t just be a “good” employee.

This may be because she doesn’t know how to work well in a team or a particular company, or because she lacks confidence or has a personality that makes her uncomfortable.

2 It’s okay to work from a computer.

The Internet is a great place to find work, but the truth is women work better when they’re working from a home computer, not a computer that requires them to constantly be online.

Women need to feel safe on the job, but they also need to have access to a safe workplace.

5,6 A woman should have more autonomy in her work.

A lot of the work women do in the fields where they’re hired is done with no support, or even support that is negative.

In fact, when it comes to getting support, women are far more likely.

Women’s work in many fields requires them not only to be productive, but to also be willing to sacrifice.

1 There are plenty of jobs that are not as male-dominated as men’s work.

There’s also a huge difference between what