Poverty-stricken make homes in federally protected ancient tomb

Published on June 10th, 2009 | by Admin


Nine families in India have set up households in the federally protected Atgah Khan tomb, built in 1566, and Archaeologists are having a hard time evicting the squatters.

Delhi, the seat of a succession of empires over the past 2,500 years, is embarrassingly rich in ancient monuments. There is one about every 100 metres or so, in the exhausted estimation of the country’s superintending archaeologist, Ashok Kumar Sinha.

The city is also home to tens of thousands of homeless people, and millions more who are desperately poor. Many of the otherwise homeless have made the reasonable assessment that the stout marble walls of the tombs and shrines and mausoleums that litter the city make a much nicer home, especially in monsoon season, than the sidewalk.

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