Manual Scavenging
Opinion  /  Published 14.02.20

Still stinky

Sir — The death of 110 manual scavengers in 2019 owing to asphyxia while cleaning sewers and septic tanks — as reported by the Union minister for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, i...
By The Telegraph in

Opinion  /  Published 01.10.19

Clean the mind

The prime minister, it had been announced earlier, would declare the nation to be free of the curse of open defecation today even though the boundaries of swachhta remain unclear. Reports have suggest...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 01.10.19

SC/ST Act: SC recalls directions of March 2018 verdict

The Supreme Court on Tuesday recalled its direction in the March 20, 2018, verdict which had virtually diluted provisions of arrest under the SC/ST Act.A bench of justices Arun Mishra, M. R. Shah and ...
By PTI in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 23.08.19

The human impact of mechanizing sanitation work

Can laws be said to be effective if they fail to benefit the very people whose rights — and lives — they are meant to protect? This important question is especially applicable in the case of legis...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 16.06.19

7 die in sewer clean-up

Four sanitation workers and three hotel employees were killed on Saturday after inhaling toxic fumes from a sewer the workers were cleaning in Vadodara, Gujarat, officials said. The incident happened ...
By PTI in Vadodara

Opinion  /  Published 30.05.19

Workers' safety: Laws are just the beginning

Some echoes are more ominous than others. What National Human Rights Commission chairpersons say about manual scavenging, for example. As far back as 2007, the NHRC chairperson at the time, Shivaraj V...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 13.05.19

The Swachh Bharat mission that India needs

A recent manifesto draws attention to a community that is hardly spoken about.In the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, Safai Karmachari Andolan, an organisation working for the rights of manual scave...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 12.04.19

The government must invest in modern sanitation

By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 02.03.19

Cleaners die under sewage in Varanasi

Two part-time municipal sweepers hired by a private company to clean a sewer in Varanasi died after climbing down the manhole, apparently buried under a mountain of sewage disgorged by a burst pipe.Th...
By Piyush Srivastava in Lucknow

India  /  Published 26.02.19

Why it won’t wash, Prime Minister

Wash the feet but slash the cash — that is the charge snapping at the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he self-promoted his gesture honouring five sanitation workers in Allahabad on Sunda...
By Basant Kumar Mohanty in New Delhi


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