The Digital Journalist
Photo by Miki Alcalde
Although the caste system has weakened throughout the years, it still wields considerable power. Caste is the basic social structure of Hindu society. Beneath the four main castes are the Dalits, or Untouchables, who hold menial jobs such as sweepers and latrine cleaners. In this image a Dalit smokes a cigarette while heading to work at the bus station where he cleans the toilets for 55 rupees per day (roughly 1 euro, or $1.25).