Failure to acknowledge existence of manual scavenging is deplorable
Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers Act, 2013 banned manual scavenging but the inhumane exercise still continues.
What the Data say?
- According to government data, 97 per cent of manual scavengers are Dalits.
- Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment revealed that 66,692 manual scavengers have been counted and the majority are from Uttar Pradesh
- According to the Safai Karamchari Andolan, at least 472 people have died cleaning human excreta during the last five years.