manual scavenging

Amitabh Bachchan pledges to join 'any campaign' that works for welfare of manual scavengers

The 78-year-old legend who is one of the most active celebrities on Twitter took to the platform to share his thoughts on the act of manual scavenging.

published on : 14th October 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

Worker in Vijayawada found cleaning drain without safety gear

When contacted, VMC chief engineer D Mariyanna said the engineering department has given the task of clearing the silt in open drains to various contractors in the city.

published on : 9th June 2020

Manual scavenging: A caste-based discrimination that persists in Pakistan

Officially, Pakistan denies the existence of caste-based practices in the country. But the discrimination and abuse of minorities in the state continues to persist.

published on : 5th May 2020

Two die while cleaning septic tank in Chennai

Despite manual scavenging being banned, continuous deaths are a testament that the practice continues unabated, even in the developed industrial corridors.  

published on : 7th March 2020

Manual scavenging: Corporation chief suspends 2 engineers

Officials were flummoxed when Corporation Commissioner S Sivasubramaniam on Tuesday issued an order placing under immediate suspension two engineers for dereliction of duty.

published on : 20th February 2020

24-year-old dies while cleaning sewer in Delhi’s Karkardooma

A senior police officer said that following a PCR call at 1 pm about the two men stuck inside a sewer, a team was rushed to the spot immediately.

published on : 4th February 2020

Despite ban on occupation, 50,000 manual scavengers risk their lives in Bengaluru

The manual scavengers live in small low-income settlements in different pockets in the city such as Nagawara, Tanisandra, Saraipalya, Hegdenagar and  Kacharakanahalli among others.

published on : 30th January 2020

‘Death of manual scavengers is institutional murder’

Siddappa died of asphyxiation while cleaning a septic tank in Shivajinagar on January 25.

published on : 28th January 2020

Siddanna did not know anything about cleaning septic tanks: Kin

He suffocated in a septic tank and died on the spot, another worker who tried to rescue him is in hospital

published on : 26th January 2020

Worker dies while cleaning septic tank in Bengaluru

A 22-year-old labourer suffocated to death while another is critical after they got down to clean a septic tank located in Ganesh Bagh Jain Stanak in Shivajinagar on Saturday morning.

published on : 26th January 2020

Manual scavenging: No one rehabilitated in over 2 decades

Even though the law makes any form of manual scavenging a crime, on Saturday, Bengaluru saw a young man’s life snuffed out because of the long-standing failure to enforce the law.

published on : 26th January 2020

Two families mourn over lives lost to manual scavenging

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.

published on : 9th December 2019

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