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Why manual scavengers in India haven’t got their rights despite laws, judiciary intervention

The absence of a statutory obligation to provide sanitation services by state agencies creates a situation where the rights of manual scavengers hang in the air.
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282 deaths in last 4 years: How Swachh Bharat Mission failed India’s manual scavengers

Number of manual scavengers in India had come down from nearly 8 lakh in 2003 to about 13,000 in 2013. But despite Swachh Bharat, this figure shot up to 42,303 in 2018.
A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Swachh Bharat toilets without sanitation is why Dalits are at the receiving end

Modi government needs to extend the scope of the Swachh Bharat campaign and improve sanitation keeping in mind that many sanitation workers are Dalits.
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In no country are people sent to gas chambers to die: Supreme Court on manual scavengers

The Supreme Court pulled up the Centre for the lack of proper protective gear for manual scavengers, who mostly work without gloves or masks.

Five irritants that need to ‘Quit India’ at the earliest

The British quit India over 70 years ago, but the country is still pestered by several irritants, which need orderly withdrawal.
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Someone has to go to jail: Delhi HC must put onus on state for manual scavengers’ death

Local authorities in different states not only fail to enforce relevant laws, but also directly violate law by employing manual scavengers.
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Between Swachh Bharat & deaths – where is the sanitation policy for manual scavengers?

Deaths of sanitation workers are being reported even from new and high-end treatment infrastructures -- whether government-owned or hotels and malls.
The administrative block in Ambedkar University in Delhi | Commons

Ambedkar University students allege manual scavenging on campus, confront administration

Students claim workers are being made to open and clean manholes without any safety gear, as mandated by the law. University administration denies it.
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Why manual scavenging is still a problem for India in 2018 despite a slew of policies

None of the laws enacted so far seems to have done its job, as hundreds of manual scavengers continue to die in pits and sewers.
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These technologies can end manual scavenging and save lives of sewage workers

Sewage workers continue to die despite the practice being illegal, and the govt has allegedly not done much despite massive funding available under Swachh Bharat.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.