Out in the cold: The homeless brave winter nights on the streets

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Homeless people sleep near Old Delhi railway station in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Homeless people sleep near Old Delhi railway station in New Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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Homeless people sleep near Hanuman Temple in New Delhi. Since 2000, nine surveys in the city — including one by the Commissioners of the Supreme Court — put the number of homeless between 52,000 and 2,46,000. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Homeless people sleep near Hanuman Temple in New Delhi. Since 2000, nine surveys in the city — including one by the Commissioners of the Supreme Court — put the number of homeless between 52,000 and 2,46,000. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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People sleep on a pavement outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) says it has 92 permanent shelters and 112 porta cabins that are operational throughout the year, but these often do not accommodate or are not preferred by the bulk of homeless that come to the city each year. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

People sleep on a pavement outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) says it has 92 permanent shelters and 112 porta cabins that are operational throughout the year, but these often do not accommodate or are not preferred by the bulk of homeless that come to the city each year. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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Homeless people sleep at a bus stop near Sultania Hospital in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

Homeless people sleep at a bus stop near Sultania Hospital in Bhopal. (Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)

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A man falls asleep near New Delhi’s Hanuman Temple. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

A man falls asleep near New Delhi’s Hanuman Temple. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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(Left to right) Kallu Ram, Leela Devi and Amar Lal from Rajasthan settle down a cold night on the roadside at Khandsa, Gurgaon. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

(Left to right) Kallu Ram, Leela Devi and Amar Lal from Rajasthan settle down a cold night on the roadside at Khandsa, Gurgaon. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

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Temperatures in most parts of northern India have been dipping. However, the homeless -- mostly migrants from Bihar and Jharkhand -- are making do with sleeping on cold pavements. Here, a man sleeps at the side of a road in central Kolkata. (Ashok Nath Dey/HT PHOTO)

Temperatures in most parts of northern India have been dipping. However, the homeless -- mostly migrants from Bihar and Jharkhand -- are making do with sleeping on cold pavements. Here, a man sleeps at the side of a road in central Kolkata. (Ashok Nath Dey/HT PHOTO)

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A woman huddles up against the cold, on a footpath in Babughat. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)

A woman huddles up against the cold, on a footpath in Babughat. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)

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People sleep on a footpath in Kolkata’s Park Street. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)

People sleep on a footpath in Kolkata’s Park Street. (Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)

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Homeless people sleep on a pavement in Daadar in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Homeless people sleep on a pavement in Daadar in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

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A homeless family finds shelter under a bus near Byculla station in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

A homeless family finds shelter under a bus near Byculla station in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

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Homeless people sleeping at New Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate. The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board’s night shelters have a capacity of 20,000. Thousands of homeless people are thus forced to stay outdoors, battling the elements. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Homeless people sleeping at New Delhi’s Kashmiri Gate. The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board’s night shelters have a capacity of 20,000. Thousands of homeless people are thus forced to stay outdoors, battling the elements. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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A man sleeps on a footpath near Byculla station in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

A man sleeps on a footpath near Byculla station in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

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