Rehabilitating Former Manual Scavengers

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Breaking Free: Rehabilitating Manual Scavengers Manual scavenging refers to the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. It often involves using the most basic of tools such as buckets, brooms and baskets. The practice of manual scavenging is linked to India’s caste system where […]

Cleaning human waste

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“Manual Scavenging,” Caste, and Discrimination in India AUGUST 25, 2014 This 96-page report documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging. Across India, castes that work as “manual scavengers” collect human excrement on a daily basis, and carry it away in cane baskets for disposal. Women from this caste usually clean dry toilets in homes, while men […]