A lack of, or lost, identity documents are a fact of life for many pavement dwellers, less than half of those living on Chennai’s streets have birth certificates and a third don’t have the government documents required to access welfare benefits such as subsidised food. It’s cruelly ironic that some of those most in need, technically, don’t exist because their paperwork is missing, they become truly invisible and even more cut off from society.
Socio-economic status is still inextricably linked to the caste system in India and rickshaw pullers are often from the so-called “backward” caste category.
India is a country of millions and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’ve come from, eventually you’ll be consumed by the sheer volume of people surrounding you.
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