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Death, Up Close: A Photo Essay On The World Of Dalit Morgue Workers

Dalits have been forced to handle the dead for centuries. The manner in which they are compelled to handle the bodies in modern, state-run hospitals, have gone unnoticed and undocumented.

Death, Up Close: A Photo Essay On The World Of Dalit Morgue Workers
Entombed Death, Up Close: A Photo Essay On The World Of Dalit Morgue Workers

What we do with our dead, how we regard them, is dependent on the specific conditions into which we are born—belief, rel­igion, language, place, sect, caste, gender and, in recent times, science. In India, those class­ified as “untouchables” or “Dalits” have been forced to handle the dead for centuries. The manner in which they are compelled to do this in modern, state-run hospitals, have gone unnoticed and undocumented. My project proposes to shine a light on an unknown, shrouded world and to look at how this caste evolves during the time which takes shape in new practices. Autopsy was introduced in Ind­ia a few hundred years ago by British med­ical practitioners.

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