Photo of the Day 9 April 2008

Workers Planting Rice, India, 2003
Photograph by William Albert Allard
Women from India's so-called Untouchable caste plant rice in a large field. Consigned by birth to the lowest social strata, Untouchables number some 160 million, about 15 percent of India's people. Considered impure by Hindu law, they are generally permitted to perform only the most menial jobs.