The Women of 1947 Partition of Indian subcontinent.
A horde of women cordoned off at Boli Camp, Lahore with charpoys and sticks, guarded by uniformed officers. It is unclear why they were cordoned. It could have been an due to a special event or circumstances.
Women were among the worst affected victims of Partition. The chaos and displacement made them especially vulnerable. They were molested, tortured and kidnapped. Many of the abducted women were forcefully converted to the abductors' religion, who also often married them against their will. There are several accounts of women and girls giving up their own lives by jumping into wells, preferring that fate than what awaited otherwise.
This image is from the collection of F.E. Chaudhry, the only known local Pakistani photographer who captured the events at the time.