Gujarat, Haryana and Tamil Nadu accounted for 14 deaths each — the most for states.
Battling social stigma with ineffective laws, two families struggle to pick up the pieces after losing their sole bread earners to the abominable practice of manual scavenging.
Works on sites like Undavalli Caves stopped, proposal sent to government to restart activities.
Furthermore, alcoholism and drug addiction to evade the working conditions were common among some sanitary workers.
Lack of opportunities deters them from moving away from this traditional formof occupation.
A majority of the participants used to earn their livelihood either through contract jobs (cleaning) with the municipality or as daily wage labourers.
The internet is awash with posts about activists who occasionally get their hands dirty. Rarely do people mention about manual scavengers who get their bodies covered in filth.
The Centre is planning to bring amendments to the existing Act in order to make it more stringent and make authorities of civic bodies responsible for sewer and septic tank deaths.
Defecating in open has become a reason to kill, says Safai Karmachari Andolan convenor Bezwada Wilson
He called for government action on the death of over 1,800 manual scavengers, by releasing compensation and providing employment to the kin of the deceased.
The police have deployed 30 platoons of force in the Capital to ensure smooth passage of Durga Puja celebrations.
One of them went inside the tank for cleaning at the under-construction house in Barpeta Road area and fell unconscious, a police officer said.
A survey conducted last year said there are 50 manual scavengers in Delhi, but "nothing has been done for their rehabilitation".
The apex court said though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country.
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While as many as 46 people have meditated at the cave since the Prime Minister’s 17-hour vigil, some stayed for one to three days, since June.