May 24 - As homeless struggle in India, Amnesty International warns that inaction on human rights makes world increasingly dangerous place for migrants. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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As night falls across India's burgeoning capital, tens of thousands of families, migrants and refugees find beds on pavement.
It's a dangerous way to live.
This week Amnesty International released a report stating that global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants.
For many its the last resort.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) GOVINDA, HOMELESS DRUG USER, SAYING:
"I got addicted to drugs when I came here. The boy who brought me here got me hooked. When I was a child, first I used to drink, then I started smoking and then slowly I got addicted. I sort garbage and that's how I earn to feed myself. But I don't beg."
Estimates of the number of homeless in New Delhi range from 56,000 to 200,000.
Few find protection from police.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PARVEEN, HOMELESS WOMAN, SAYING:
"The policemen beat the children who use drugs. They also snatch their money and beat them up. If you complain about them taking your money, they scold you and shoo you away."
Charity workers say there is no easy fix. They say the only way to resolution is improve human rights and living standards across the country.
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