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Six die in Jharkhand's Deoghar after inhaling poisonous gas inside septic tank
India

Six die in Jharkhand's Deoghar after inhaling poisonous gas inside septic tank

According to a police official, villagers broke open the tank and found all six lying unconscious. They were declared 'brought dead' at a local hospital

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.

Monsoon Session of Parliament: Rajya Sabha members seek increase in compensation to manual scavengers under rehabilitation act
Politics

Monsoon Session of Parliament: Rajya Sabha members seek increase in compensation to manual scavengers under rehabilitation act

A RJD member Manoj Jha Friday moved a resolution seeking to give statutory status to National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) and take steps to avoid casualties due to manual scavenging

Seven, including four sanitation workers, die of suffocation while cleaning septic tank of Vadodara hotel; owner booked for negligence
India

Seven, including four sanitation workers, die of suffocation while cleaning septic tank of Vadodara hotel; owner booked for negligence

Seven people, including four sanitation workers, died in Gujarat's Vadodara while cleaning a septic tank on Friday. They are believed to have suffocated to death while cleaning the septic tank outside a hotel in Dabhoi taluk.

By linking cleanliness to spirituality, Gandhi, symbol of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, valorised inhuman practice of manual scavenging
India

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
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

801 sanitation workers died cleaning sewers in country since 1993: National Commission for Safai Karamcharis
India

801 sanitation workers died cleaning sewers in country since 1993: National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

The NCSK chief said that since 1993, 801 sanitation workers had died while cleaning sewers in the country. Various states had been told to provide safety equipment to the workers, he added.

Despite Dalit political assertion, casteism within community keeps issues affecting manual scavengers on the sidelines
India

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
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.

NHRC issues notice to Delhi chief secy, police commissioner after two men die while cleaning septic tank in Rohini; hauls up state govt
India

NHRC issues notice to Delhi chief secy, police commissioner after two men die while cleaning septic tank in Rohini; hauls up state govt

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Chief Secretary and Police Commissioner after two men died while cleaning the septic tank. The notices were issued by the commission after taking suo motu cognizance of media reports regarding the death of two labourers.

Two staffers at Delhi restaurant die while cleaning sewage treatment unit, police register case
India

Two staffers at Delhi restaurant die while cleaning sewage treatment unit, police register case

The incident occurred at the 'Pirates of Grill' restaurant in west Delhi's Rajouri Garden, police said.

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.

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.

Conservancy workers' two decade-struggle highlighted in photo series by Sudharak Olwe
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Conservancy workers' two decade-struggle highlighted in photo series by Sudharak Olwe

Conservancy workers — manual scavengers employed with urban municipalities — clean (often with their bare hands and few or inadequate tools) excreta and other waste, blocked sewers and drains. Since January 2017, one person has died every five days, on average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country

Four years of Swachh Bharat: Open defecation down 26%, but toilet use doesn't match construction spree
India

Four years of Swachh Bharat: Open defecation down 26%, but toilet use doesn't match construction spree

Almost a 23 percent of those who own a latrine defecated in the open, a figure that has remained unchanged since the Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014. This can mostly be attributed to deeply entrenched beliefs about caste “impurity” associated with emptying latrine pits, the paper concluded.

Adding to the mounting number of manual scavenging related deaths, despite a ban on the practice, two labourers die while cleaning a sewer in Varanasi
India

Adding to the mounting number of manual scavenging related deaths, despite a ban on the practice, two labourers die while cleaning a sewer in Varanasi

The Socio, Economic and Caste Census, 2011 found that 17390 rural households in UP were registered as houses of manual scavengers. A more recent survey, conducted by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, has identified over 53,236 manual scavengers in India. Although the survey is still ongoing and has data from only 18 states, Uttar Pradesh has had the dubious distinction of topping this list with 28,796 identified manual scavengers.

The Relli community fights back: Sewage workers protest against apathy, discrimination
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The Relli community fights back: Sewage workers protest against apathy, discrimination

The Relli community, like other marginalised communities in India, face structural and occupational discrimination even today

Delhi sewer death: Police arrests three for negligence, to question senior officials of firm hired to clean septic tank
India

Delhi sewer death: Police arrests three for negligence, to question senior officials of firm hired to clean septic tank

Delhi Police will also be questioning senior officers of the company that was awarded the contract for maintenance of the sewer by the Delhi Jal Board

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,