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“The Cost of Cleanliness” is based on the deaths of Dalit workers engaged in cleaning sewers and septic tanks and was release to coincide with the report Justice Denied – Death of workers engaged in manual scavenging by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan
Bezwada Wilson from the organization SKA, which fights to liberate manual scavengers, and Beena Pallical, from the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, explain why the Government flagship sanitation drive is failing when it neglects to address the role of caste and manual scavenging.
Special feature by NDTV we meet some of the Dalit women that IDSN member Jansahas have supported to break out of the dangerous and humiliating practice of manual scavenging. See the video report here.
Despite laws preventing manual scavenging, the tradition of the lower caste people of removing human waste is still alive in India. Kavita presents us with the life of a manual scavenger and the hardships she faces https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jlU7SLZYmg.
Implementing Laws Prohibiting Manual Scavenging
The Indian Government should end manual scavenging says Human Rights Watch in the new report, Cleaning Human Waste: "Manual Scavenging," Caste, and Discrimination in India. The report was released together with this short video
IDSN introduction video to caste discrimination (produced 2012)