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India's homeless at the mercy of 'sleep mafia'

A sprawling grey market has taken shape around Delhi's vast unmet need for shelter, with private operators controlling who sleeps where and for how long. These quilt vendors divide the sidewalks and public spaces into sleeping areas, and when night falls, their customers arrange themselves into colonies of lumpy forms.


WHEN midnight approaches in Old Delhi and a thick, freezing fog settles over the city, the quilt-wallah Farukh Khan sits on his corner, watching the market for his services come to life.

They shuffle up one by one, men desperate for sleep. The bicycle rickshaw pullers,...