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Manual Scavenging In India: Denial Of Human Rights

Yashmita Pandey, B.B.A.L.L.B (H.), Graphic Era Hill University


As we hear the term “manual scavenging” it within a split second, reminds us of the prevalent so-called “caste system in India” As the name suggests the term “Manual Scavenging, relates to the process of cleaning, disposing of or otherwise engaging in activities where the human excreta is removed with bare hands with the help of domestic tools such as broom, containers, buckets, rake, metal scrappers etc. to the disposal area. This process of removal of human waste which is carried out by a “specific class” of the society is not only dangerous for physical health of the people but also leaves a fatal impact on the mind, body and soul of the being thus, thrashing all the human rights and forcing the persons involved in these activities to question their very existence. It is the longest running inherent dehumanizing practice in India in which the status of “Dalits” remains unaffected even after the passing of several enactments pertaining to such practice.


Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

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ISSN: 2582-8878


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