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The Matriarchs

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India - Manipur - Imphal - A vegetable seller reads the newspaper early in the morning. <br />
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This unique market symbolises the extraordinary power local women enjoy. Tough and vocal, the Imas have managed to protect their children and husbands amid centuries of war and violence, in one of the most sensitive and unstable corners of India. Their example is in stark contrast with the rest of the country, where a never-ending series of heinous crimes against women has highlighted their precarious state within society.