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India’s Sanitation Workers Seek Immediate Help From The Government | Amnesty International India
India’s Sanitation Workers seek immediate help from the government, as they fight for better safety gears and equal treatment.
Why a 1995 Beijing Conference Was Significant for the Dalit Women’s Movement (The Wire)
“the ‘Beijing Platform for Action’… laid the roadmap for ‘gender mainstreaming’ in public policies, recognising the distinct disadvantages faced by women from marginalised communities.”
‘We will bring change’: the Indian band shaking a cruel caste system (The Guardian)
“For Casteless Collective, gaana is a tool to end caste-based discrimination, which features in many spheres of Indian life.”
Delhi’s shame: The complete failure of rehabilitation of the manual scavengers (Dalit Camera)
”I have seen the men of my neighbourhood die doing this. They have slowly vanished in the sewer one after the other. One goes and the other follows. I saw Ravi die in front of me.”
Sewer Cleaners Wanted in Pakistan: Only Christians Need Apply (The New York Times)
In Pakistan, descendants of lower-caste Hindus who converted to Christianity centuries ago still find themselves marginalized, relegated to dirty jobs and grim fates.
COVID-19 poses new risks to India’s enslaved waste pickers (Thomson Reuters)
Indian waste pickers are struggling to obtain information or equipment to inform and protect them during the coronavirus pandemic. Thomson Reuters has run this article by IDSN Ambassador Aidan McQuade and IDSN’s Ritwajit Das, looking at the current challenges faced by Dalit waste pickers in India. While this article looks at India, similar situations are found in other South Asian countries.
In Conversation With Bezwada Wilson: The Fight Against Manual Scavenging (Feminism in India)
Born into a Dalit family that had been engaged in manual scavenging for generations, Bezwada Wilson channelled the outrage that stemmed from witnessing the injustice faced by his community to launch a movement to end this abhorrent practice. India Development review details this story on the Feminism in India platform.
Dalit problems will not be solved by avoiding the rehabilitation issue (Justice News)
In the last five years of the Modi government, there has been no movement even on assistance and rehabilitation of manual scavengers. In fact, in the interim budget, the Centre has reduced by more than half the allocation for rehabilitating manual scavengers.