Post Tagged with: "Manual Scavenging"

Sewer Workers Need Safety, Dignity and Justice

Sewer Workers Need Safety, Dignity and Justice

Some of the saddest news  in India which appears with tragic regularity relates to the deaths of sewer workers caused by occupational hazards. The demand for fixing responsibility and taking strong action against those  guilty of negligence has been gaining ground, as also the demand for the prompt compensatory  payment as fixed by the Supreme Court. This is of course[Read More…]

by March 25, 2021 India
Important Factors Hinder Rehabilitation of Workers Freed From Manual Scavenging

Important Factors Hinder Rehabilitation of Workers Freed From Manual Scavenging

Although securing freedom for workers engaged in manual scavenging  and providing rehabilitation for them is supposed to be an important priority for the government, in reality progress has been very inadequate, slow and sporadic. The reasons for this are several, starting with problems relating to the proper definition and identity of workers engaged in manual scavenging. If to start with[Read More…]

by March 24, 2021 India
 Lack of water supply makes sanitation workers manually scavenge Indian toilets, says Toilet woman of India

 Lack of water supply makes sanitation workers manually scavenge Indian toilets, says Toilet woman of India

Written by Sabha Zaidi and Neha Kumar Interview with Pragya Akhilesh in Ahmedabad, Gujarat while she is on a country Union Tour to assess the toilets in semi-urban and rural areas in India.  In 2018, Trade Unionist, Pragya Akhilesh, Toilet woman of India recorded more than 10 thousand abandoned toilets in the rural areas of India where women have been[Read More…]

by March 22, 2021 India
The fight against Manual Scavenging

The fight against Manual Scavenging

Manual scavenging is the age-old unfortunate practice of cleaning, carrying, and disposing human excreta from dry latrines or sewers into the disposal sites. Despite prohibitive legislations in place, a government survey from 2019, carried out across 170 districts, found that over 54000 people actively engage in the practice. In 2019 alone, 110 people died while cleaning septic tanks and sewers.[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Human Rights
Manual scavenging and the failure of the social machinery

Manual scavenging and the failure of the social machinery

No person in the world would tout the practice of manual scavenging to be beneficial to society or a desirable outcome to be pursued. Many people would feel nauseated just by thinking about the activity. With an exceedingly low approval amongst the masses, one would think that manual scavenging would have been eradicated from the nation by now. The reality[Read More…]

by December 24, 2020 Human Rights
Manual Scavenging: a blot on the Indian Society

Manual Scavenging: a blot on the Indian Society

If you cannot modify something you have to destroy it completely and rebuild. We need to destroy the whole caste system – Mr. Bezwada Manual Scavenging: a heinous practice  While scrolling through YouTube, a documentary made by Samdish Bhatia on Manual scavengers in Mumbai stunned me. Immediately, multiple questions were in front of me. What is manual scavenging & why[Read More…]

by December 15, 2020 Human Rights
Why the manual scavengers still haven’t gotten their rights?

Why the manual scavengers still haven’t gotten their rights?

One of modern India’s great shames is the official failure to eradicate manual scavenging, the most degrading surviving practice of untouchability in the country. – Harsh Mandar, Human Rights Activist Consistent with caste-based custom and centuries-old feudal practices in the country, ‘manual scavengers’ coddle in the practice of manually cleaning excrement from public and private toilets and drains on a[Read More…]

by December 8, 2020 India
Manual Scavenging: Why law alone cannot solve the crisis?

Manual Scavenging: Why law alone cannot solve the crisis?

In no country, people are sent to gas chambers to die –Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on manual scavenging The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 aims to bring stricter provisions for the safeguard of the manual scavengers in terms of compensation for sewer deaths, rehabilitation plans and provision of safety equipment at work.[Read More…]

by November 16, 2020 India
Safai Karmcharis and the alternatives for their betterment

Safai Karmcharis and the alternatives for their betterment

 Dr Hemangi Kadlak in Conversation with Vidya Bhushan Rawat Dr. Hemangi Kadlak is a native of Maharashtra, India. She did her Ph.D. from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The Ph.D. topic was “Interface of Caste and Occupation: Case Studies of Children of Safai Karmacharis in Higher Education in Mumbai.”  She also holds an MPhil degree in Social Work from[Read More…]

by August 28, 2020 Annihilate Caste
Photo by Sudharak Olwe / https://sudharakolwe.com/insearch.html

Manual Scavenging in India: Caste Privileges and the Continuing Search for the ‘Ideal Bhangi’

Co-Written by Aseem Hasnain, Abhilasha Srivastava and Avinav Kumar Sudharak Olwe’s photographs of conservancy workers in Mumbai are heartbreaking. They depict the lives and work of sanitation workers, as much as they reflect the fundamental nature of our society. In this haunting image a young adult is standing neck deep in an open bubbling drain, underground, both literally and metaphorically.[Read More…]

by August 27, 2020 Annihilate Caste
 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

 Outlawed practice of manual scavenging sees a fourfold growth

Growth has remained the buzzword in Indian polity for decades now. It started after the unprecedented economic crisis that the country faced in early 1990s and never really went away after that. It, rather, almost consumed the other big word- development, which now returns to election rallies and then disappears again until the next elections. Ironically, overuse of the concept[Read More…]

by June 26, 2018 Human Rights
Why does manual scavenging continue to exist in Tamil Nadu?

Why does manual scavenging continue to exist in Tamil Nadu?

Co-Written by V. Ramaswamy & V. Srinivasan  “Few object to liberty in the sense of a right to free movement, in the sense of a right to life and limb. There is no objection to liberty in the sense of a right to property, tools, and materials, as being necessary for earning a living, to keep the body in a[Read More…]

by July 13, 2017 Annihilate Caste
Death Of A Dalit Youth While Cleaning Sewage Tank

Death Of A Dalit Youth While Cleaning Sewage Tank

A report on the murder of of Dalit Youth Prithviraj by making him go down to clean a Sewage Tank at the housing complex (Jatti Dwarakamayi Villa) owned by family of India’s former Vice-President Shri B. D. Jatti On the basis of the media reports that appeared on 01/06/2017 in Vijay Karnataka newspaper and Public TV titled “Death of a[Read More…]

by June 9, 2017 Annihilate Caste