In July 2003 New Light set up a multi-functional shelter for the children of the Dalit community located behind the crematorium in Keoratala, Kolkata. The ‘dalits’ (meaning the oppressed in Hindi) of that area comprise mainly of ‘Doms’, a caste that has traditionally been marked as `untouchables' because they take care of burning the dead bodies. Those born into this caste hold professions that are considered highly undesirable and looked down upon. In the rigid caste hierarchy, these individuals are never expected to hold any other profession other than that assigned to their caste. Even though un-touchability as a practice was abolished almost a century ago, people belonging to the ‘dalit’ community of India still continue to be subjected to stigma and discrimination.