Image credit: Faisal Azim, Life in the circle, 2013
Photographer description: According to a government report, the total number of beggars, or vagabonds, across Bangladesh is now more than 900,000. The literal meaning of ‘vagabond’ indicates a person who has the capacity to work but is choosing not doing so. It also refers to a person who has no specific place of residence. A vagabond appears to contradict the right to life and freedom of movement, which are guaranteed as fundamental rights by the Bangladeshi constitution. There are allegations of physical, mental and even sexual torture against people in shelter centres.