by FP Staff Oct 7, 2013 14:43 IST
For socially ostracised manual scavengers, Parliament's passage of the anti-manual scavenging has offered some new beginnings.
Considered castaways and their presence frowned upon, the bill has helped them attain their fundamental rights and dignity.
"We feel bad when people abstain from getting in contact with us. We are also human beings," Pooja, a former scavenger told CNN-IBN.
NGOs such as Sulabh International have taken the lead in giving these former scavengers a new lease of life.
The NGO has now appointed seven former manual scavengers as its ombudsmen.
"Earlier if they had some problems, we used to sort them out, now we have given respect to these women, called them ombudsmen and they now decide the matter," Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak told CNN-IBN.
For the former scavengers, newly attained stitching and beautician skills are helping them move away from the age-old profession that had once kept them away from society.
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