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Nuanced interventions, not bureaucratic silos, will help to clean the Ganga

The cleanliness of the river on the ground is driven by engineering. This does not consider the health of the worker, the health of the river from an environmental standpoint or ensuring that the processes in place work smoothly. 

Rohini septic tank deaths: Wife went with lunch, found man unconscious

“I screamed for help, but no one came forward. Eventually, a man came with a rope around his waist and pulled them out. My husband had never cleaned a pit like this before,” said Soni.


Two labourers die cleaning septic tank at Rohini house

Deepak (30) and Ganesh Saha (35) died while cleaning the tank, while three others — Sher Singh (40), Rambir (33) and Rajesh Saha (40) — who jumped in to help them, are admitted to a hospital. All of them are daily wage labourers and residents of Prem Nagar.

Machines to replace manual scavenging roll out, kin of victims first beneficiaries

The first eight to get the machines will be for the kin of those whose family members died after inhaling noxious fumes from sewers and one manual scavenger who escaped death in an incident at Lajpat Nagar in August 2017.

Probe cases of men cleaning sewage, HC tells Delhi govt, DJB

The Delhi High Court directed authorities to place their stand by April 26, when it will hear similar PILs seeking direction to the Delhi government to ensure strict compliance with the 2013 law on manual scavengers.

Direct govt to enforce manual scavenging Act: PIL in High Court

The PIL pressed for an urgent hearing on the ground that implementation of the law would “prevent loss of lives due to manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks”.


Towards dignity

Other states should take a leaf out of Delhi’s use of technology to end manual scavenging, instead of living in denial

SC asks all states, UTs to file info on manual scavengers employed directly or indirectly

Hearing a plea on the issue, a bench of justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer observed that the matter was serious and asked all the states and the UTs to file their reply within four weeks.

Officials distance dept from drain death: ‘No need for safety gear’

The children from Shriram Basti, Gandhi Vihar, know Kishan Lal died under a heap of garbage, how their fathers tried to pull him out, and how his three children now face an uncertain future.

Manual scavenging incident: FIR registered for 'forcing' sanitary worker to go inside manhole

Since August, this has been the fourth incident in Ludhiana city of sanitary workers getting sick while cleaning manholes manually which is a banned practise as per the orders of Supreme Court.