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An Instagrammer has launched a powerful photography project which questions whether the treatment of cows in India is better than that of women.

23-year-old artist Sujatro Ghosh took to the streets of Delhi with his camera, photographing female friends wearing a cow mask around famous landmarks, to protest against the double standard that exist for women in his home country.

“I am perturbed by the fact that in my country, cows are considered more important than a woman, that it takes much longer for a woman who is raped or assaulted to get justice than for a cow which many Hindus consider a sacred animal,” Ghosh told the BBC .

Sexual violence against women is a prominent issue in India, and according to government statistics, a rape is reported every 15 minutes.

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A recent survey found that more than four in 10 women in India experience harassment or violence before the age of 19, while just 29 per cent of rape cases in india lead to a conviction.

Meanwhile, In many areas, such as Gujurat, slaughtering a cow can lead to a sentence of life imprisonment.

Cows are revered by section of Hindus, and so several states in India ban the their slaughter.

In the past two years, around dozen people have been killed for harming a cow, BBC reports.

Ghosh, a self-proclaimed feminist, wants his photography project to open up the discussion as to why it takes a woman who has been raped much longer to get justice in India than it is for a cow.

"These cases go on for years in the courts before the guilty are punished, whereas when a cow is slaughtered, Hindu extremist groups immediately go and kill or beat up whoever they suspect of slaughter," he says.

His project is also a protest against the increasing number of cow protection groups that have strengthened ever since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Pary came to power three years ago.

Speaking of the project, he told the BBC: "I photographed women from every part of society. I started the project from Delhi since the capital city is the hub of everything - politics, religion, even most debates start here.

"I took the first photo in front of the iconic India Gate, one of the most visited tourist places in India. Then I photographed a model in front of the presidential palace, another on a boat in the Hooghly river in Kolkata with the Howrah bridge as the backdrop."

Since posting the project on Instagram, his photographs have gone viral with thousands commenting on the images.

Ghosh now hopes to take the series across India

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