Dressed in blue, the disabled boy lies listlessly on the pavement in Mumbai, his ankle tethered with rope to a bus stop.
Following its release last month, the picture of nine-year-old Lakhan Kale captured hearts across the world.
Now, Lakhan’s grandmother has revealed the heartbreaking truth behind the youngster’s plight.
Sakubai Kale, who is in her 70s, spent years living in poverty on the dirty stretch of pavement with her grandson, who cannot hear or speak and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Speaking to CNN, she explained how she became Lakhan’s sole carer after his father died four years ago, his mother left and his older sister ran away.