Being Untouchable

Desolation


Kawsha sits beside her husband Devji, cradling their young daughter, Manisha. Their seven-year-old son lives in a hostel. The parents have lived with leprosy since childhood. They beg for a living, but can scarcely meet their monthly rent payments, equivalent to £6.

They belong to a leprosy-affected community of 175 families, all of them Dalits and adivasis. Adjacent to the community is a cladding wall, advertising the construction of new luxury properties for Mumbai's rich.

Kalyan, Maharashtra.