Tattoos reveal the stories of partition of British India – BBC News

75 years on since the partition of British India into two independent states, some elderly survivors are reminded of the conflict, through the symbolic and religious tattoos which saved their lives.

About 12 million people were displaced and up to a million lives were lost.

India was split into religious lines, Muslims on one side in Pakistan with Sikhs and Hindus on the other.

It is one of the biggest movement of people the world has ever seen.

During partition, some South Asian families would have their names, symbolic or religious tattoos in the same place so they could be identified in the chaos.

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