Removing the dead to make a living on Mumbai's rails
MUMBAI (AFP) - Ravi was seven when he ran away from home, taking a train from north India to the fabled metropolis of Mumbai.
More than 25 years later he is still at the platform, his life far from what he had in mind when he arrived: dealing with the dead as a way to make a living. Removing bodies from the city's creaking rail network, his is a gruesome task but he is desperate enough to do it.
Most are killed trying to cross the tracks - 6,000 a year die this way in Mumbai, according to one government study. A few commit suicide or fall onto the rails, others are hit by trackside poles as they hang out of overloaded trains.
The bodies can be so badly mutilated that it helps to get high first, explained Mr Ravi.