Workers pull dozens of corpses out of the River Ganges in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh last week. Photo: AP

Floating corpses occupational hazard for Ganges boatmen

Ganges' holy waters are the most desired site for Hindu ashes, but cost-cutting and caste discrimination means many bodies are uncremated

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Workers pull dozens of corpses out of the River Ganges in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh last week. Photo: AP
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Amrit Dhillon

Amrit Dhillon

Amrit used to work for the BBC in London but decided to return to her country of origin, India, over 15 years ago. Apart from travel articles, she reports on every aspect of Indian society. Rajasthan is her favourite state because of the magnificence of its forts and palaces, the great Thar Desert, exquisite handicrafts, and a colour palette so glorious it can lift the lowest spirits.