Print edition : January 22, 2016

Bhimappa Basappa Harijan of Chivatagundi is engaged in “bitti chakri” in two houses for three hours every morning. Photo: P.K. Badiger

Yellavva Siddappa Harijan. She gets a sack of jowar at every harvest for the “bitti chakri” she does. Photo: P.K. Badiger

Mallavva Maruti Tippanavar. At 76, she is the oldest person doing “bitti chakri” in Naganur village. Photo: P.K. Badiger

Bitti Chakri, a retrograde practice of engaging Dalits for the household work of landlords for a pittance, continues in the rural areas of north-western Karnataka.
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