Manual Scavengers

Madras HC issues notice to Centre, state on plea for better facilities to sanitary workers

The petitioner said according to data collected by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, since 2017 one sanitary worker has died every 5 days in India while cleaning sewers or septic tanks

published on : 22nd September 2020

288 people died cleaning sewers, septic tanks in last three years: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment told the Rajya Sabha in response to an unstarred question on the number of people who died due to asphyxiation in the last three years.

published on : 21st September 2020

No funds released for rehabilitation of manual scavengers, earlier funds unutilized: Govt

The budget allocation for self-employment scheme for rehabilitation of manual scavengers for the period of 2020-2021 was Rs 110 crore. 

published on : 21st September 2020

631 people died cleaning sewers, septic tanks in last 10 years: NCSK

The NCSK said the data is based on the information received by it from various sources and actual information may vary.

published on : 20th September 2020

110 dead from cleaning sewers in 2019, most in Uttar Pradesh: Data 

Since 2015, of the total 376 deaths, compensation was paid in 275 cases. According to the data in Parliament, Uttar Pradesh recorded 21 deaths, followed by Maharashtra at 17.

published on : 6th February 2020

Humiliation in school due to untouchability scars lives of children

Untouchability is scarring the lives of thousands of children in Uttar Pradesh.

published on : 12th August 2018

Trapped in manual scavenging

As the govt survey on manual scavengers gets delayed, Ritwika Mitra visits some villages in UP to find that poverty, lack of options and systemic apathy make scores of people pick human excreta.

published on : 12th August 2018

Bangalore’s manhole horror: They were paid Rs 500 to clean our sh**t

Yarayya was one of the manual scavengers who was hurriedly roped in to clean a manhole on the Kaggadaspura main road past midnight on Monday.

published on : 9th March 2017

Surely, we can’t stand with them when they clean manholes?

BWSSB had issued a notice to the company, warning it that its bills would not be cleared if the work is not proper.

published on : 9th March 2017

Bengaluru manhole horror: To clear pending bill, workers were rushed to their death

The supervisor who also died in the incident, was allegedly pressurised to fix the manhole in CV Raman Nagar by Ramky contractors.

published on : 9th March 2017

Good question: If manual scavenging was illegal, how was he doing it for eight years

Manhole cleaners don’t only work in hell-like conditions, they live in similar conditions.

published on : 8th March 2017

Anyone cares a s**t for the law? Three sanitation workers die in Bengaluru sewer

The Baiyappanahalli police have filed a case and held the contractor responsible for not giving any safety kits to the workers.

published on : 7th March 2017