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A previous survey concluded that Tamil Nadu had fewer manual scavengers than it actually did. A new survey to rectify its predecessor's mistakes just concluded. Will it reach a different conclusion?
“Who else will do it, if the Valmiki community stops cleaning the excreta? They know their job well, and have been doing it for centuries.”
Members of the Chakliyan community in Kerala's Kollam district have been working as manual scavengers for centuries, but the state continues to ignore them.
Apart from not being paid regularly, the municipal corporation has also failed to provide safety equipment and uniforms to the powrakarmikas in most places.
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Even this number accounts for only 121 districts in the country and focuses on a few kinds of manual scavenging.
The Wire speaks to rehabilitated manual scavengers as identified by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and finds their condition and profession unchanged.
ON GROUND: Recognising the gross underreporting of the number of manual scavengers in the government’s official statistics, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is carrying out fresh surveys.
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Minimum protective gear, maximum risk, no holidays, no pay and the ever-lurking disease and death – this is the fate of safai karmacharis in Pavagada in Karnataka’s Tumkur district.
Even though the survey results are likely an under-representation, they have proved the authorities' previous assertions on the outlawed profession not existing in the city false.
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In 2017, MCDs had told the Delhi high court that the outlawed profession is no longer practiced here.
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The pledge also says, “from today, I will throw garbage and dirt in the dustbin, will not dirty my country and not let anyone dirty the country”.
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Manual scavengers' 'employers' often behave as if they have property rights over the workers, which fits the legal description of slavery.
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An approach that focuses only on toilets as technology and preaches ‘cleaning’ as a voluntary service, ignoring the fact that only a particular caste is made to work in sanitation, reinforces the caste system.
If the government does not act with speed, sensitivity and consideration once this ongoing survey is complete, this will be the eighth time that it will let down the manual scavenging community in India.
Mechanisation only downplays the prejudice towards the caste-based occupation, which then manifests in other ways.
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It is not as though people don't know that septic tanks and manholes are deathtraps, yet manual scavenging continues.
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Between the Acts
The Voyage Out
A Room of One's Own
To the Lighthouse
Night and Day
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