Indian Goddess. Abused?

Hello everyone!

On the second and the third installment of the TRUST TRILOGY, my characters Sophia Leibowitz and Ethan Ashford discuss children and women abuse, especially in India and China. Why have I spoken of such a touchy subject in a contemporary erotic romance?

Because, in my opinion, books should pass on a message, even when they are fiction and supposedly only meant only for entertainment.

The violence against women are escalating to such a proportion that last year 224,270 crimes against women were reported, but unfortunately these numbers are underreported. It’s said that 100 million Indians, largely women and girls – sometimes, little boys – are trafficked.

Ad Agency Taproot created the campaign “Abused Goddesses”, physically recreating scenes from old hand-painted images of Indian goddesses all hurt, because even the powerful Indian Goddesses, whom are worshipped, must be feeling that they are being abused too.

Here are the beautiful created, but heartbreaking photos of the ads.

                        Goddess Durga, worshipped for her strength and invincibility

Sixty-eight percent (yes, 68%!) of women in India are victims of domestic violence and the gang-rapes are being reported in international newspapers.


                                     Goddess Lakshmi, goddess of wealth

We’re in the 21st century and, it’s incredible, unbelievable, that there are women who still think they’re men’s or families’ properties, because they were led to believe such as they grew. As Simone de Beauvoir said in her book “The Second Sex”: One is not born, but rather, becomes a woman. 

We should teach our girls to respect themselves as human beings, observing our differences as we are not physically equal to men physiologically speaking, but much the same where rights are concerned.


        Recreation of Goddess Saraswati, goddess of Knowledge, arts music and science

Each beautifully made ad includes a phone number to report abuse. Their number is 022-2652 0601 (or 0602).

An amazing initiative. Congratulations to those who did those ads and are helping this cause. Let’s stand up and applaud.

May these revered Goddesses give us the courage to stand up and speak out for the abused ones, who need our help!

My best,

Assinatura Cris



Cristiane Serruya is the author of the TRUST trilogy: A New Beginning; Betrayed; and Pandora’s Box and THE MODERN MAN, already reviewed here by Niyati Mavinkurve. Cris is also a lawyer, and has worked with abused women and children. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro

Cris, Raphaela & Giovanna in The Botanic Gardens in Rio de Janeiro, in 2008.

Cris can be found online: via her website


Twitter: @CrisSerruya and @TrustTrilogy

The TRUST TRILOGY books, Trust: A New Beginning, Trust: Betrayed and Trust: Pandora’s Box are being sold by Amazon India, on the following links:

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