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Monday, April 11, 2011

Unclaimed bodies get ‘beggar’ tags

Most bodies found on the roads near Secunderabad Railway Station and in Gopalapuram and Market police stations are branded as beggars.
This article in the Deccan Chronicle reminds me of the vast gulf between a place like America, and much of the rest of the world. I worked for 18 months in Hyderabad and know the exact area where these bodies are being found. Many of them probably are beggars. But since many beggars in India actually work for someone else - there are fairly large syndicates of beggars in all major India cities - just because a body was a 'beggar' does not necessarily mean the person died alone and unknown.

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