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The plight of India's migrant workers

MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA - 2020/05/13: A girl cries as they wait to board vehicles during the lockdown. Due to lockdown situation, most migrants are stuck in Mumbai, some walk and others arrange their own trucks and buses to their home towns, while the police say that the buses are available by the government. (Photo by Ratika More/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The plight of India's migrant workers

Even as hundreds of ‘Shramik’ trains and special buses criss-cross India to ferry migrant workers home, gruesome incidents of them being run over on the roads are coming to light with alarming frequency. The coronavirus-induced migrant exodus is turning into a crisis parallel to the ones that ail the health and economy of the country. Here are images that portray what migrant labourers are going through while most of middle class-and-above India grapples with the problems of lockdown anxiety and ennui in the relative safety and comfort of home-quarantine.



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