India is a very conservative country. Despite that, cosplay is becoming more popular among Indians — including with a growing number of women.
Every year since 2011, cosplay fans in India have dressed up and attended events like Comic Con India. The event has been a hit, especially among wealthy Indians.
The reason why many women like cosplay may be because Indian society is very conservative.
“Indian women are asked to be docile, but we can act boldly when wearing costumes,” says Saumya Singh, a 27-year-old graduate student. Singh enjoys transforming herself into Naruto, the hero of the popular manga.
Kowkab Naim, 30, says cosplay is like the tradition of dressing up as the Hindu god Shiva for religious festivals. Naim likes to dress like Ichigo Kurosaki, the main character in the manga Bleach who has the powers of a death god. (Kyodo)