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Not long away from the main streets of Delhi, you can find the Chowk Nai Basti area. In this blog post the photographer Kristian Bertel takes you inside this area of Delhi, where slaughterhouses are almost laying side by side.

An alleyway grounded with blood!
Local residents are watching, while the district's proud working men are slaughtering animals in the many tin shacks. One of them is standing with the knife in his mouth and is posing in front of the camera. In one of the other streets of Chowk Nai Basti in Delhi, India, a young man is acting fun with a knife towards one of his colleagues. The slaughterhouses are situated side by side.


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The smell is distinctive from the many pools of blood in the alley.




Slaughtered meat in Delhi, India
The narrow streets of Chowk Nai Basti are filled with honking scooters and overcrowded vans on wheels which transport the slaughtered meat. The flies are swarming around the flesh, while pieces of fabrics are covering the modest van.



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Young guy playing with his meat knife.




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Simple shaks are functioning as slaughterhouses.




Concerns of slautering - public health
Slaughtering animals on a large scale poses significant logistical problems and public health concerns, with public aversion to meat packing in many cultures influencing the location of slaughterhouses. In addition, some religions stipulate certain conditions for the slaughter of animals so that practices within slaughterhouses vary.


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Scenery outside one of the slaughterhouses.




Copyright ©, All Rights ReservedChowk Nai Basti-work. An Indian woman is hiding herself away from the camera, while she is preparing meat on the bare ground.




Preparation of the meat
There has been criticism of the methods of preparation, herding, and killing within some slaughterhouses, and in particular of the speed with which the slaughter is sometimes conducted. Investigations by animal welfare and animal rights groups have indicated that a proportion of these animals are being skinned or gutted while apparently still alive and conscious.


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Severed goat heads prepared directly on the streets, only placed on
a thin piece of cardboard.




Shadow sides of India
The photographs by the photographer are part of a series of pictures showing the shadow sides and daily life of India. Through a careful selection of images from his Indian series, the portrayal may show an inside look of the back sides and shadow sides of the country, which normally is known for its colourful and beautiful culture.


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Observers laughing.




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Stomachs floating out from the primitive shaks.




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Meat-carrier in the narrow streets. Hygiene may here be on a
very low level. The meat is not covered and attracts flies.



Photographing with curiosity
Kristian Bertel is a dedicated photographer, who photograph life as he sees it through his lens. His portfolio is a mix of portraits and images of daily life in India, like in this blog post a photo essay of an area in Delhi. "- Taking images broadens my view of the world, where I with my curiosity get an insight look of how life is outside my own country", he says. His images from India have been shown online as photo essays - documenting many aspects of the daily life particularly in India.  He works as a photographer and he is available for editorial photo assignments all over Europe, Asia, Africa and in the Middle East.
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More images from India
If you are interested to see more Photos and imagery from India, you can see one of the slideshows, which also appears on the photographer's website.
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