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I Beat my Bullies with Cricket

The Indian man who's the son of a toilet cleaner but is now studying for his PHD.

Vimal Kumar is from one of the lowest castes in India - the Chuhras. They are sometimes called 'the untouchables'. For generations his family have made their living by cleaning out toilet pits, but today Vimal is studying for a PHD. He's managed to rise above the caste system and he now wants to helps the rest of his community to do the same.

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Image and credit: Vimal Kumar

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