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Water Rights
Photograph by William Albert Allard

Colorful jugs line a neighborhood well where an Untouchable family takes its turn at the daily ritual of gathering water. Across India members of upper castes often refuse to share water with Untouchables, convinced that any liquid will become polluted if it comes in contact with an Untouchable. In the countryside Untouchables are often forbidden to use the same wells and ponds as upper caste villagers. Municipal governments have begun to install separate water pumps. But in most rural tea shops, Untouchables still are not permitted to drink from glasses served to upper caste customers.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: 35mm Kodachrome 25
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Clear
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light



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