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Sanitation is gendered occupation: How to get one step closer to making it inclusive in India
India

Sanitation is gendered occupation: How to get one step closer to making it inclusive in India

Social barriers along with inadequate up-skilling opportunities have limited the participation of women sanitation workers across the sanitation value chain.

Physical agony, mental trauma, death: 4 accounts of what it means to work as a manual scavenger in Tamil Nadu
India

Physical agony, mental trauma, death: 4 accounts of what it means to work as a manual scavenger in Tamil Nadu

Over the past three years alone, 88 deaths related to manual scavenging have been recorded in India — despite a ban on the practice. Among Indian states, Tamil Nadu has recorded the highest number of manual scavenging deaths in India.

India's manual scavengers: Media must be used more effectively to spread awareness; popular faces should use influence for social cause
India

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.

Funds for scholarships to children of manual scavengers remain under-utilised; discriminatory rules exclude sewer workers of benefits
India

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

India's manual scavengers: Ugly truths of unsanitary sanitation work an open secret, law needs better enforcement
India

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
India

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.

Delhi mechanises sewer cleaning, goes beyond political posturing to turn manual scavengers into entrepreneurs
India

Delhi mechanises sewer cleaning, goes beyond political posturing to turn manual scavengers into entrepreneurs

Last week, the Delhi government launched 200 sewer cleaning trucks and gave the contracts to families of manual scavengers in a bid to do away with the hazardous occupation.

The Valmiki community's protest against empty political gestures — and an oppressive occupation
India

The Valmiki community's protest against empty political gestures — and an oppressive occupation

For many centuries, the Valmiki community has suffered oppression and been deprived of opportunities because of a caste-ordained occupation — cleaning sewers and human waste

Arvind Kejriwal flags off fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines in Delhi, says ‘historic’ move will end need for manual scavenging
India

Arvind Kejriwal flags off fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines in Delhi, says ‘historic’ move will end need for manual scavenging

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off a fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines on Thursday. The machines have been provided to skilled manual scavengers making them 'sani-entrepreneurs', officials said.

Fifty labourers return to manual scavenging despite participating in Delhi govt's skill development programme
India

Fifty labourers return to manual scavenging despite participating in Delhi govt's skill development programme

Three months after the Delhi administration completed a first-of-its-kind skill development programme for 50 manual scavengers and provided them with alternative means of livelihood, many have returned to cleaning sewers, citing lack of regular income and harassment at workplace.

Centre keen to eradicate manual scavenging in time-bound manner, says Thawar Chand Gehlot
India

Centre keen to eradicate manual scavenging in time-bound manner, says Thawar Chand Gehlot

Gehlot asked states to revisit their survey by using the wider definition of manual scavenging as given in the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act,

Five sanitation workers die after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning sewer tank in Delhi's Moti Nagar area
India

Five sanitation workers die after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning sewer tank in Delhi's Moti Nagar area

Five sanitation workers died allegedly after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning a sewer near DLF flats in Moti Nagar area. The incident took place on Sunday afternoon when all the five people aged between 22 and 30 years went to clean the sewer.

Childhood, lost: What M Palanikumar's photos of children of manual scavengers reveal
Life

Childhood, lost: What M Palanikumar's photos of children of manual scavengers reveal

Kakoos cinematographer M Palanikumar highlights the stories of the children of manual scavengers through haunting black and white photos | #FWeekend

UN expert says 'Swachh Bharat' mission lacks human rights approach, draws Centre's ire
India

UN expert says 'Swachh Bharat' mission lacks human rights approach, draws Centre's ire

Narendra Modi's pet 'Swachh Bharat' mission came in for sharp criticism by a top UN expert on sanitation who said it lacked a holistic human rights approach

UN reviews human rights in India: Excessive use of force in Kashmir, violence against minorities among key issues
India

UN reviews human rights in India: Excessive use of force in Kashmir, violence against minorities among key issues

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) has flagged a number of issues, including excessive use of force in Jammu and Kashmir, caste-based violence and violence against minorities and criminalisation of same-sex relations

Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, 10 widows to tie 'rakhi' to PM Modi
India

Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, 10 widows to tie 'rakhi' to PM Modi

Ahead of Raksha Bandhan, several widows and manual scavengers tied rakhi to 50 upper-caste pundits and Sanskrit scholars at the century-old Gopinath temple

Independence Day reality check: Manual scavenging kills four in Hyderabad
India

Independence Day reality check: Manual scavenging kills four in Hyderabad

That the tragedy occurred just 36 hours before the nation turned 70 only emphasises that India@70 is still inside a manhole.

In a bid to end stigma, manual scavengers will tie rakhi to PM Modi
India

In a bid to end stigma, manual scavengers will tie rakhi to PM Modi

Several manual scavengers, liberated by an NGO, will tie rakhi to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan that falls on Saturday.

Left out of Narendra Modi's 'inclusive' politics: Dalits in Gujarat
Politics

Left out of Narendra Modi's 'inclusive' politics: Dalits in Gujarat

However, with Modi and the BJP identifying Muslim votes as his biggest hurdle, seem to have forgotten what being a favourite with Hindus doesn't warrant - support of the people placed low in the caste hierarchy in India.