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The sister-in-law of the rickshaw driver I hired all the time, is holding her child. They are a lower caste, cleaning hotel rooms, driving a rickshaw, often taking the worst of the hard work jobs. The caste system is illegal. It is easy for Indians to see what caste someone is. It lives on daily. The state of Kerala has free government education. However the family must pay for books, uniforms, and suffer the socail disgrace of being lower caste. Some people never go to school. Some for a short while. (Government jobs have lower caste quotas, so that is a possibility when grown, if educated).

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