Archive | Manual Scavenging

Bollywood star denounces caste discrimination

In a recent episode of his popular talk show, Satyamev Jayate, the actor Aamir Khan focused on caste discrimination and declared it a ‘mental illness’.

August 15th, 2012|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Parliamentarians in India raise their voices for the eradication of manual scavenging

Following a targeted campaign by the National Campaign for Dignity and Eradication of Manual Scavenging and other activists, Indian Parliamentarians are now taking the issue of manual scavenging up in Parliament.

May 9th, 2012|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Manual Scavenging highlighted by ILO and others in conferences, reports and a hearing

These past months have seen a flurry of activity to support the struggle to end the abhorrent practice of Dalits being employed to remove human waste from dry latrines manually which persists despite having been officially abolished by law in India since 1993. In India, the ILO has organised a conference to address this problem, a National Public Hearing has been held by the National Campaign for Dignity and Eradication of Manual Scavenging, reports have been released and media have reported widely about the persistence of the practice.

April 27th, 2012|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

The ILO and Manual Scavengers in India: Paving the way towards the elimination of caste discrimination

ILO: For millions of people, contemporary India has become a land of opportunities, and the largest democracy in the world has experienced a remarkable economic growth during the last decade. Yet, as India accelerates its pace towards development, many are left behind due to long standing caste-based discrimination in employment. ILO Online reports from Rajasthan, India.

August 25th, 2011|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

India’s Prime Minister pledges to eliminate manual scavenging from every corner of India in 6 months

In a bold speech on the 17 June at the Conference of the State Welfare and Social Justice Ministers in New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged ministers to be more vigilant and do everything in their power to implement the SC/ST act that is meant to protect the human rights of Dalits and Adivasis. The PM paid particular attention to the on-going issue of manual scavenging which he called, “One of the darkest blots on our development process” saying,

June 23rd, 2011|India, Manual Scavenging|

IDSN on YouTube

IDSN have launched a YouTube Channel on

Get updated with IDSN’s November newsletter

The issue of caste discrimination is receiving welcome and significant international attention in a number of places. The IDSN November newsletter is reflecting this trend.

December 1st, 2010|Access to justice, Dalit Women, Manual Scavenging, Programme, United Nations|

Manual scavengers: The government has 60 days to act

Manual scavengers from across India gathered at a mass rally in New Delhi Monday 1 November and demanded immediate government action to end manual scavenging once and for all, rehabilitate former manual scavengers and apologise for decades of suffering imposed on this group.

November 2nd, 2010|India, Manual Scavenging|

Bus ‘march’ against manual scavenging

A march – or ‘yatra’ - for the eradication of manual scavenging in India was launched on 29 September. During the next few weeks, buses will carry campaigners from five different corners of India to the capital.

October 1st, 2010|Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Dalit documentary viewed by 100,000

More than 100,000 viewers have watched the powerful short documentary ‘I’m Dalit how are you?’ on Youtube.

April 19th, 2010|Education, India, Manual Scavenging|