India's manual scavengers: Media must be used more effectively to spread awareness; popular faces should use influence for social cause
Efforts of various bodies help spread awareness about manual scavenging, but the stereotype associated with the profession needs even more prominence to inspire outrage and action against the occupation.
Kashmir's manual scavengers, facing segregation and discrimination, say society is in denial about caste bias
Ask the Sheikhs and they will tell you the caste system is very much present in Kashmiri society, and so is untouchability.
By linking cleanliness to spirituality, Gandhi, symbol of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, valorised inhuman practice of manual scavenging
If we consider manual scavenging as an inhuman occupation, then it's important to ask why Gandhi supported the system instead of adopting water closet
Funds for scholarships to children of manual scavengers remain under-utilised; discriminatory rules exclude sewer workers of benefits
Though in existence in various forms since 1977-78, the scheme, Pre-Matric Scholarships to the Children of those engaged in occupations involving Cleaning and Prone to Health Hazards, has largely remained under-utilised with several states yet to identify manual scavengers, one of the main target groups of the scheme
Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines
The fact that some of the dominant Dalit communities engage in unleashing violence on the members of the scavenger community points at the limitations of the endorsed political ideologies of Ambedkarism, Marxism and feminism/womanism for scavengers
India's manual scavengers: Ugly truths of unsanitary sanitation work an open secret, law needs better enforcement
The perils of manual scavenging will stay unaddressed in India till the casteist attitude of washing their feet or trying to fix this problem from an economic perspective alone remain.
India's manual scavengers: Instead of focusing on 'disgusting practice', it's time to discuss worker who dies anonymously cleaning our filth
Until 1993, different governments employed manual scavengers to remove human filth from every house. Widely referred to as dry latrines, people defecated in a bucket and this bucket was later removed by municipal servants who were called manual scavengers. Though this is officially banned, it still continues.