A destitute Indian woman claims to be the heir of the empire that constructed the Taj Mahal and has requested possession of the Mughal rulers’ former residence.

Sultana Begum survives on a little pension in a small two-room home tucked amid a slum on the outskirts of Kolkata.

Records of her marriage to Mirza Mohammad Bedar Bakht, purportedly the great-grandson of India’s last Mughal ruler, are among her meagre assets.


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