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Mahapalika Marg beggar - Your Shot - National Geographic Magazine -- Kristian Bertel

Photograph by Kristian Bertel, Your Shot

Beggary is an age old social phenomenon in India that was photographed in Mumbai at the Mahapalika Marg near the red traffic red light. This woman was a approaching the car window, which is a common sight in India. In the medieval and earlier times begging was considered to be an acceptable occupation which was embraced within the traditional social structure. This system of begging and alms-giving to mendicants and the poor is still widely practiced in India with over 400,000 beggars.

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