Above: Kamlesh was just seven when she was pushed onto a pile of burning rubbish while walking with her mother. This was her punishment for walking along a path reserved for ‘high’ caste people. Ironically, Kamlesh comes from the same caste as the Chief Minister of her state, Mayawati.
Much caste-based violence goes unrecorded, but in 2008 alone, 33,000 crimes against Dalits appeared in official statistics. In most cases, perpetrators escape justice, or cases simply drag on for many years. Kamlesh’s case continues.
Mathura District, Uttar Pradesh.