Being Untouchable

Charity


Above: A boy waits for his tea at this home for the destitute, on the outskirts of India's celebrated technology capital, Bengaluru. Around 280 people are accommodated here.

Raja, the founder of the home, is a Christian, and he was attacked in 2008 by extremist Hindus and police, in retribution for supposedly converting people by allurement. This is a common charge against Christian charity work among the poor. In some states, laws against conversion carry higher penalties when the new converts are Dalits or adivasis. Raja labours on, disregarding the death threats he has received.

Bengaluru, Karnataka.