Homeless, hungry and cold in the capital

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More than a lakh are out on the streets of Delhi alone. They are homeless, hungry and cold. And they are not just winter statistics. HT photographer Subrata Biswas documents their lives in the Indian capital. Children huddle around a coal fire in a make-shift home under the Modi Mill flyover near Okhla station. (Text by Furquan Ameen Siddiqui)

More than a lakh are out on the streets of Delhi alone. They are homeless, hungry and cold. And they are not just winter statistics. HT photographer Subrata Biswas documents their lives in the Indian capital. Children huddle around a coal fire in a make-shift home under the Modi Mill flyover near Okhla station. (Text by Furquan Ameen Siddiqui)

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Arti, 45, a rag picker with her daughter-in-law Kanika (20) in their makeshift-home put up beside railway tracks near Okhla station in Delhi. She migrated with her family from Akbarpur, UP to Delhi around 25 years ago. Arti, like many others who migrated here for a better living, make the city function in the day but spend their nights without a proper shelter. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Arti, 45, a rag picker with her daughter-in-law Kanika (20) in their makeshift-home put up beside railway tracks near Okhla station in Delhi. She migrated with her family from Akbarpur, UP to Delhi around 25 years ago. Arti, like many others who migrated here for a better living, make the city function in the day but spend their nights without a proper shelter. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Winters are particularly the harshest of months for the homeless in the capital, especially if one finds refuge near the river Yamuna. People migrate here looking for a livelihood but end up jobless competing for limited resources while a constant migration puts a strain on the capital's shrinking space. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Winters are particularly the harshest of months for the homeless in the capital, especially if one finds refuge near the river Yamuna. People migrate here looking for a livelihood but end up jobless competing for limited resources while a constant migration puts a strain on the capital's shrinking space. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Life in the metro goes on unaware of the condition the homeless face in the capital. A man catches up on his sleep on a pavement near Nizamuddin, in south Delhi, as life goes on in the city. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Life in the metro goes on unaware of the condition the homeless face in the capital. A man catches up on his sleep on a pavement near Nizamuddin, in south Delhi, as life goes on in the city. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Sakina Bibi, 40, who is from Badarpur, lives in her shanty near Nizamuddin with her husband and one son. According to Sakina, her husband earns too little as a rickshaw puller to arrange even two meals a day, living in a proper house is beyond imagination. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Sakina Bibi, 40, who is from Badarpur, lives in her shanty near Nizamuddin with her husband and one son. According to Sakina, her husband earns too little as a rickshaw puller to arrange even two meals a day, living in a proper house is beyond imagination. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Ruksana, 35, lives with her husband Mohd Ayub, 40 and their daughter near Nizamuddin. Mohd Ayub came to Delhi from Bihar a few years ago and started working as a rickshaw puller, but after a severe accident he now earns his livelihood by working as a daily-wage labour. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Ruksana, 35, lives with her husband Mohd Ayub, 40 and their daughter near Nizamuddin. Mohd Ayub came to Delhi from Bihar a few years ago and started working as a rickshaw puller, but after a severe accident he now earns his livelihood by working as a daily-wage labour. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Mehjabin Khan, 18, resides migrated with her family from Araria district in Bihar some 15 years ago. She regrets missing leaving school to work as a rag picker to support her family. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Mehjabin Khan, 18, resides migrated with her family from Araria district in Bihar some 15 years ago. She regrets missing leaving school to work as a rag picker to support her family. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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A family that migrated from Jaipur, Rajasthan, huddle around a fire on a cold winter night under a flyover near Rithala in north-west Delhi. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

A family that migrated from Jaipur, Rajasthan, huddle around a fire on a cold winter night under a flyover near Rithala in north-west Delhi. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Raju, 15, from Jaipur, Rajasthan, sells balloons on the roadside in Delhi to support his family. He came to Delhi with his family five years ago in search of a better livelihood. He earns around Rs 80-100 a day by selling balloons. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Raju, 15, from Jaipur, Rajasthan, sells balloons on the roadside in Delhi to support his family. He came to Delhi with his family five years ago in search of a better livelihood. He earns around Rs 80-100 a day by selling balloons. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Sanjana, 11, plays with a puppy on the railway tracks just beside her shanty near Okhla station in south Delhi. “It is very hard to sleep in winter nights as we don’t have enough warm clothes. I and my sisters hold each other tight at night when we feel too cold,” said Sanjana. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Sanjana, 11, plays with a puppy on the railway tracks just beside her shanty near Okhla station in south Delhi. “It is very hard to sleep in winter nights as we don’t have enough warm clothes. I and my sisters hold each other tight at night when we feel too cold,” said Sanjana. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Forty-year-old Guddi lives with her husband and three daughters in Delhi. Her husband works as a daily-wage labourer. Migrated from Kanpur to Delhi five years ago, the family still struggles to find a decent shelter in the city. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Forty-year-old Guddi lives with her husband and three daughters in Delhi. Her husband works as a daily-wage labourer. Migrated from Kanpur to Delhi five years ago, the family still struggles to find a decent shelter in the city. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Adarsh Kumar, 22, a street vendor, plays with his three children in front of his shanty near Okhla station. “There is no New Year eve or Christmas celebration in our life. They are just like any other days. Our day begins with a struggle to arrange at least two meals. Winters makes it even more difficult. It is very tough to spend shivering nights under the open sky,” said Kumar. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Adarsh Kumar, 22, a street vendor, plays with his three children in front of his shanty near Okhla station. “There is no New Year eve or Christmas celebration in our life. They are just like any other days. Our day begins with a struggle to arrange at least two meals. Winters makes it even more difficult. It is very tough to spend shivering nights under the open sky,” said Kumar. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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80-year-old Bilal came to India from Pakistan 25 years ago. He is now a regular in one of the rain baseras (night shelters) near Nizamuddin. His eldest son, he says, is a professor in a college in Lahore. He claims that he has been trying to go back to Pakistan for years, but has been declined by the Pakistan Embassy due to the lack of proper documents. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

80-year-old Bilal came to India from Pakistan 25 years ago. He is now a regular in one of the rain baseras (night shelters) near Nizamuddin. His eldest son, he says, is a professor in a college in Lahore. He claims that he has been trying to go back to Pakistan for years, but has been declined by the Pakistan Embassy due to the lack of proper documents. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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Many a homeless in the capital suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. According to a shelter caretaker in Yamuna Pusta near Kashmiri Gate, people fall for such addictions to avoid feeling the extreme weather conditions they are forced to live in. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

Many a homeless in the capital suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. According to a shelter caretaker in Yamuna Pusta near Kashmiri Gate, people fall for such addictions to avoid feeling the extreme weather conditions they are forced to live in. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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A homeless man suffering from TB lies in a critical condition near Yamuna Pusta area waiting for an ambulance. Every year, especially in winters, the capital sees a rise in number of deaths in homeless. Over 500 homeless died on the streets in the past two months. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

A homeless man suffering from TB lies in a critical condition near Yamuna Pusta area waiting for an ambulance. Every year, especially in winters, the capital sees a rise in number of deaths in homeless. Over 500 homeless died on the streets in the past two months. (Subrata Biswas/HT Photo)

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