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Indian Minister says that manual scavenging persisists and the implementation of the manual scavenging act is being monitored

In a written reply to the Indian House of Parliament (Lok Sabha), the Indian Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, said that the practice of manual scavenging still persists in various parts of the country. He added that because previous laws banning the practice had proved inadequate, parliament had enacted the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the implementation of which is now be monitored.

August 14th, 2014|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

A landmark judgement in the fight to eradicate manual scavenging

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that the continuance of manual scavenging in the country is in blatant violation of Article 17 of the Constitution of India by which, “untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden”. The court was emphatic about the duty cast on all states and union territories “to fully implement the law and to take action against the violators”.

March 31st, 2014|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, Manual Scavenging|

New Manual Scavenging Legislation: New Hope and New Challenges

India is introducing new manual scavenging legislation meant to eradicate the humiliating practice of manual scavenging, which perseveres despite being outlawed for decades. Indian civil society are welcoming the initiative to introduce new legislation, but are flagging that the proposed draft legislation is missing critical necessary aspects that must be included before legislation is introduced on the 6th December.

December 4th, 2013|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

India passes bill on manual scavenging

A long awaited bill prohibiting manual scavenging was passed by the Indian parliament on 7 September. But two leading campaign organisations say that much needs to be done before the total eradication of this inhuman practice is achieved.

September 9th, 2013|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Scavengers threaten to block parliament

Hundreds of manual scavengers demonstrated in Delhi on 7 August against government apathy in abolishing the inhuman practice of manual scavenging. Unless legislation is introduced soon, they will return in their thousands and prevent parliament from functioning.

August 9th, 2013|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India, Manual Scavenging|

Scavengers’ march sends message of hope

IDSN press release: After travelling thousands of kilometres through 18 Indian states, the Maila Mukti Yatra – a march to eradicate manual scavenging – concluded today with an event in New Delhi. The attendance by high level officials from the Government of India as well as the United Nations is a measure of the Yatra’s success.

January 31st, 2013|Caste-based slavery, European Union, India, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

Pillay applauds movement to end manual scavenging

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has issued a strong statement in support of the movement to end manual scavenging in India. The OHCHR news release is copied below.

January 31st, 2013|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India, Manual Scavenging, United Nations|

Dalit award winner is refused passport

The winner of the Dutch Human Rights Tulip 2012 is barred from traveling to the Netherlands to receive his award. Marimuthu Bharathan, a Dalit human rights defender from Tamil Nadu, has been refused a passport by the Indian authorities.

January 8th, 2013|Caste-based slavery, European Union, India, Manual Scavenging|

European Parliament adopts historic resolution on Dalits

PRESS RELEASE: A strongly worded resolution on caste discrimination in India was debated and adopted today by the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Parliament condemned the high number of atrocities committed against Dalits in India and the Indian government’s insufficient action on the issue of caste discrimination.

December 13th, 2012|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, European Union, India, Manual Scavenging|

Dalits march against manual scavenging

A national march – the Maila Mukti Yatra - will cross India with a call for the total eradication of ‘the slavery of manual scavenging’. It happens at a time when prominent campaigners have expressed scepticism towards new legislation against this banned, but continuing, practice.

November 29th, 2012|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|