Mumbai-based documentary photographer Sudharak Olwe met Mamta when he was on a trip to three states — Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh to document the lives of manual scavengers and sanitation workers for international NGO Water Aid.
The SECC has identified a total of 1.82 lakh households where at least one person is employed in manual scavenging in rural India, numbers which have been dismissed as gross underestimate by organisations working in the area.
Three labourers suffocated to death upon entering a drainage chamber on Mira Road last week. A case was registered at the Kashi Mira police station on January 18, two days after the incident, under Section 304A of the Indian Penal Code.
In the recent exercise, state governments, tasked with verifying 54,929 manual scavengers identified across 170 select districts in stage one of the counting process, have confirmed involvement of only 25,015 people in the job in the final verification stage.