February 18, 2007. A two-and-a-half month old boy was found in a compartment of Indore-Hingoli express. Not able to trace his parents around, the railway police handed him over to Khandwa district hospital, Madhya Pradesh.

Unclean – that is what they called him. He did not remember his other name. They had cast him outside the city walls, left him in torn clothes many years back, after the priest had examined him and announced him to be “tamei” (Hebrew for unclean).