Archive | Caste-based slavery

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|

Dalit girls exploited in India’s garment industry

A new report finds that Dalit girls in India's garment industry live in hostels, with little freedom of movement, are underpaid for long working-days and working under hazardous conditions.

April 20th, 2014|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women|

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|

Global Slavery Index: Caste a major factor

Caste systems are present in four out of five countries ranked the worst slavery offenders, in the 2013 Global Slavery Index. India alone accounts for half of the people on the planet regarded as ’modern slaves’.

October 22nd, 2013|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Pakistan|

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|

Slave castes suffer in Madagascar

The UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery has urged the Government of Madagascar to address the issue of caste discrimination openly. She also notes that victims of caste discrimination are generally vulnerable to slavery and slavery-like practices, such as bonded labour in South Asia.

August 21st, 2013|Africa, Caste-based slavery, Nepal, United Nations|

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|