Being Untouchable

Destitution


A mother and child sit on a concrete pipe illuminated by harsh industrial lighting. The child's father has retreated into alcoholism. They belong to a community of Buddhist Dalits, who have lived in roadside tents for ten years.

The destitute are a familiar feature of Mumbai. These forgotten masses on the fringes of the world's fifth largest city include some of the world's very poorest, most disenfranchised people. 

Mumbai, Maharashtra.