2005 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd prize

Miriam K.S. Dalsgaard


20 March, 2004

Parveen has won two bronze medals in the national championships, and a gold in the state tournament, but she is from a poor family and her uniform diet of rice and lentils doesn't really provide the nutrition she needs to build up muscle strength. She wonders whether she ever really will get a job with the police. India has around 500 amateur women boxers. The women at the Madras Friends Boxing Academy are from Christian, Muslim and Hindu backgrounds, and often from poor families. The state government reserves ten per cent of jobs in the uniformed services for promising sportsmen and sportswomen from disadvantaged backgrounds, so boxing can be a passport to a better life. The girls' families usually support their decision to take up boxing, but often there is wider social pressure for them to settle down and get married.

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Miriam K.S. Dalsgaard

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