Photo: Jacob Carlsen
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, October 2007.
Manual scavenger Niita Tank is suffering from illness and constant headaches because of her work. She is paid next to nothing and cannot afford medical care. To add insult to injury, those whose excreta she cleans abuse her and call her derogatory names. In India, former manual scavengers are demanding that hte Government end this practice and rehabilitate manual scavengers.