Nots & Crosses

shruti24anand

Nots & Crosses is a graphic novel, illustrating the biography of Phoolan Devi (1963-2001), who was also known as the Queen Bandit of India, and is portrayed as the reincarnation of Ching Shih (1775-1844), the most dreaded female pirate of China. This narrative features re-contextualized and thought provoking quotes by famous personalities on the lives of these women, illuminating the issues pertaining to oppression and how the notion of being powerful and strong, somehow, came to mean “To be tough and brutal like a man.”
The title “Nots & Crosses” is based on how girls are not supposed to act a certain way and all the obstructions and barriers faced by these women, this is what the “Nots” represent and the crosses are for how they crossed over these prejudices and defined their own path despite of being restricted and told not to.

At the age of fifteen, I had already been married and raped by my

abusive husband. This was the least of my problems. the entire

village had been informed of his doing. i became an outcast and my

body served as fresh meat to starving dogs.

I felt the eyes of lecherous men undress me with their eyes and

finally the day came when they decided to feed their lust.

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