Indo-Bangladesh Porous Borders, Migration

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Men gather to buy and sell cattle at the weekly cattle market that happens in Birohi, a town close to the India-Bangladesh Border, in Nadia district, West Bengal, India, on 19th January, 2012. The larger cows, priced at almost INR 10,000 (USD 190) each are often smuggled across the porous borders by wading across the rivers to be sold at a profit in Bangladesh. Recently, a torture video of a captured cattle smuggler surfaced on the internet, provoking outrage at the high-handedness of the Indian Border Security Force. Photo by Suzanne Lee for The National (online byline: Photo by Szu for The National)