SIEDS strengthens the position of women in Bangalore and fights domestic violence. Every year 300 women seek advice in the Crisis Intervention Centre, 500 victims of burns are documented and assisted in the burn unit of the Victoria hospital. In the suburbs of Bangalore more than 250 women are supported in self-aid groups. In the women’s shelter in Kolar up to 30 women and their children can find temporary protection. Furthermore, SIEDS organises sensitivity courses on topics like empowerment of women, dowry violence and selective abortion of female foetuses in 25 districts on a regular basis.  Photos Christian Jaeggi