Rescued children from northern Karnataka region are now staying at Bhandavi Residential School, a program run by the NGO Visthaar. © Nishant Ratnakar

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Visthar is a secular, non-profit organization, committed to enabling women, children and other marginalized sections realize their rights. Visthar campus is located at Dodda Gubbi post on the outskirts of Bangalore city. One of the projects at Visthar is Bandhavi – an initiative for girls hailing from North Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, who are at risk of being dedicated as Devadasis. It is a residential school program that enables the rescued girls to grow as individuals, as well as build a community that lives in love, respect, trust and friendship.

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Nishant is a Bangalore, India based Wedding, Portrait & Editorial Photographer. He is available for assignments across India. He also conducts photography workshops and offers personal photography mentorship.