“There are 7,449 identified manual scavengers in Karnataka,” KB Obalesh, state convener, SKKS, told TNIE.
In the last 5 years, two sewer deaths have been reported in the state
The incident took place at Tipuk under Talap police station when the four entered the tank for periodic cleaning.
According to the police, Jaiveer entered the well but lost consciousness after allegedly inhaling the toxic gas. Sunil then went inside but did not return either.
However, on Sunday we were told by our supervisor to get into the drainage and clean the sewage which was quite deep.”
SASY organised a public hearing in the city on Friday where victims of manhole deaths, submitted complaints to a panel consisting of social activists and legal experts.
Manual scavenging is a banned practice under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) Act, 2013.
Under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Rehabilitation Act, 2013, manual scavenging is banned in the country.
Chairman Venkatesan added that the grievances raised by sanitary workers during the meeting would be addressed soon.