Manual Scavenging

Justice evades manual scavenging victims in Tamil Nadu, reveals study 

The report was released during an event jointly organised by the SASY, Safai Karamchari Andolan (SKA) and other organisations working towards the eradication of manual scavenging practice.

published on : 9th January 2023

Villupuram: Two working in pit die of asphyxiation

The deceased - G Iyanar (38) and K Manikandan (35) - had been masons for 12 years and lived in the nearby village of Paakam, sources said.

published on : 29th November 2022

Karur worker deaths: Another body found in septic tank

Days after three construction workers died of asphyxiation at an under-construction house here, the body of another person was recovered from the septic tank on the premises, on Thursday.

published on : 18th November 2022

Three die of asphyxiation in septic tank in Tamil Nadu's Karur

On Tuesday, construction workers Mohanraj (23) and Rajesh (37) entered the septic tank to remove the wooden planks that were supporting the structure from inside.

published on : 16th November 2022

'My head hangs in shame', says Delhi HC CJ over non-payment of compensation to kin of sewer death victims

It, however, noted that as a part of a separate compensation, the Delhi government has paid Rs 1 lakh each to the two families and the remaining Rs 9 lakh will be paid to them within 15 days.

published on : 15th November 2022

Three men die while cleaning septic tank in Sriperumbudur

Three men involved in cleaning a septic tank at a private resort in Sriperumbudur in Kancheepuram district died of asphyxiation early on Friday. 

published on : 22nd October 2022

Pune septic tank horror: Body of missing sanitation worker fished out; two others dead

Two persons died and one initially went missing while they were cleaning a septic chamber at a private society, Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority officials said.

published on : 21st October 2022

Children of a lesser God

Deaths due to manual scavenging are a recurring phenomenon in India today. So much so that even the Supreme Court in 2019 noted that “In no country, people are sent to gas chambers to die.

published on : 2nd October 2022

Madras High Court slams govt for not ending manual scavenging

Noting that this amounts to contempt of court, the judges sought a detailed report from the government and adjourned the case for three weeks.

published on : 30th September 2022

Tiruchy Corp contract firm employs workers for manual scavenging without safety gear

Ashokan, one of the workers, said that they would be provided with gloves and shoes only when there was strict enforcement by the corporation.

published on : 21st September 2022

Manhole turns deathtrap for 3 in Sattenapalli

Two went into the manhole to clear a blockage and didn’t return, another followed suit.

published on : 22nd August 2022

Sewer and septic tank cleaning claimed 347 lives since 2017: Centre

The Safai Karamchari Andolan has launched a campaign against sewer and septic tank deaths. 

published on : 19th July 2022

Manual scavenging: Man asphyxiates inside Chennai Metro Water manhole

A private contract employee died of asphyxiation and another has been admitted to a hospital in Madhavaram. They were clearing an underground drainage on Tuesday evening. 

published on : 29th June 2022

Tamil Nadu tops list of manhole deaths in India

Demanding strict ban on manual scavenging, activists have urged the Union and State governments to take proactive steps on the matter.

published on : 23rd April 2022

Activists protest outside Thane Municipal Corporation against manual scavenging

Protesters from Muse Foundation and Shramik Janata Sangh asked the TMC to deploy jet pumps and other such machines as alternatives.

published on : 18th April 2022

161 died due to accidents during hazardous cleaning of sewer, septic tanks in 3 years: Government

The government does not identify deaths due to manual scavenging but calls them deaths due to hazardous cleaning of septic tanks and sewers.

published on : 6th April 2022

Video of manual scavenging at Gadag DC’s office goes viral

In a video that went viral on social media, a man was found entering a septic tank on the Deputy Commissioner’s office premises in Gadag without any safety equipment. 

published on : 31st March 2022

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