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Missing, a public art project by Kolkata-based Leena Kejriwal, hopes to create awareness about the sex trafficking of young girls in the country. Her art finds space on Delhi walls too, apart from Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai.

Art for a cause

efeHaving been involved with the cause of human trafficking and prostitution of young girls for almost a decade, Kolkata-based photographer and installation artist, Leena Kejriwal chose public art as a means of communicating the issue to the public {without being too preachy}.

For instance, many of us may not know that of the three million women who are trafficked in India, 1.2 million are young girls{claims the artiste}. Or that the average age of recruitment of girls into prostitution is between nine and 12 years as told to us by the organisation}. Throwing light on such hard-hitting facts, Leena began the Missing Project, which was launched at the India Art Fair {in Delhi} in 2014.

Missing persons

12291058_546580812185202_3518630850845666617_oInvolving hundreds of participants {from students and artists, to rescued girls from NGOs} across the country, the initiative’s stencil art project, featuring silhouettes of young girls along with graffiti, can be seen in various cities {even garnering support from people around the world}. You can spot the Missing Project’s artwork at Connaught Place and Jama Masjid.

The group has also collaborated with ten NGOs around India for a national awareness campaign, giving out useful information like helpline numbers and contacts of nearby NGOs, particularly in vulnerable areas.

Coming soon

In a short while, you will also get to see larger-than-life structures of the silhouettes against the skyline or atop buildings in major cities, signifying the “black hole into which millions of girls disappear each year”. Along with the installations, Leena also plans to bring out a reality app and mobile game, which will take the player through the different stages a girl goes through before, during and after being trafficked.

Find Missing on Facebook here.