"Inspector Thomas Mathew's moustache bustled... Policemen have that instinct."

Veshya Fresco
Public DomainVeshya Fresco

This is the first blatant introduction to caste system heirarchy within the novel. The policeman not only somewhat sexually harrasses the twins' Mother, but verbally insults her by calling her a veshya. Basically a veshya is a Ritual Prostitute, for more information on this concept go to the following webpage: