“I remained standing. Whenever anyone passed by I would place my head at their feet and ask them to tell the Hakim. But who would listen to a sweeper? Everyone was concerned about himself.”
Mulk Raj Anand. Untouchable. (New York: Penguin Books, 1940). 68.
The passage its self is vary strait forward, but it illustrates the societal apathy that allows repressive systems like the castes exist unchallenged.