[Mumbai, May 20. Image via Getty]

Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire's child star Rubina Ali stands in front of her demolished shanty in Mumbai on May 21, 2009. The ramshackle home of nine-year-old Rubina Ali was one of about 25 properties near train tracks in the Gareeb Nagar slum in central Mumbai that was torn down. Rubina played the young Latika, the main female character in the Oscar-winning film. More than half of Mumbai's estimated 18 million residents live in either designated slums or illegal shanties. Many of them are next to sewers which overflow during heavy rains. But Mumbai city's municipal authorities readily admit that they can do little to stop the makeshift homes being rebuilt because of the city's acute housing shortage. AFP PHOTO/Sajjad HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)


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