Work Space Mumbai Series: Thick Skin
Every job has its tools, methods and dress code. This man goes from shop to shop with his whip and inflicts pain on his bare back hoping that people will pay for his effort.
He's dressed like a woman because he's supposed to be possessed by a Devi. He uses the whip to crack open the skin and let the blood seep out, symbolising that the Devi's spirit has been freed.
Also see this interesting link called Itinerants of Mumbai (Thanks Ajay Patil aka Weekend Brushstrokes for the link)