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Manual Scavenging

Workers clean a sewer manually during Unlock 4, in New Delhi. The government plans to make the law banning manual scavenging more stringent by introducing a bill (Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Amendment Bill 2020) in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is scheduled to begin from Monday.

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Sonit (22), a migrant worker from West Bengal, takes a bath after cleaning a manhole, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ghaziabad. Sonit is working for the past 4 years in this field and earns Rs 11,000 per month. He continues choicelessly to work inside sewer lines to earn a living amid this pandemic, exposing his body to added risk.

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Part-time worker Anil (28) cleans a manhole, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ghaziabad. He earlier worked in the courier service and has two children. Now, he works choicelessly inside sewer lines to earn a living amid this pandemic, which exposes him to added risk.

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Phoolu (45), a full-time worker shows his hands after cleaning a manhole, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ghaziabad. Phoolu has a daughter and has been working since he was 10 years of age. He continues choicelessly to work inside sewer lines to earn a living amid this pandemic, exposing his body to added risk.

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NDRF personnel and other rescue officials at work after two sanitation workers reportedly died while cleaning a sewage line at Pandeypur locality in Varanasi.

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People raise placards during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Family members of manual scavengers hold photos as they mourn their death, during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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People raise placards during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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CPI (M) Politburo member Brinda Karat during a protest at Jantar Mantar calling for end to deaths due to sewer cleaning in New Delhi.

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Bezwada Wilson of the Sanitation Workers Movement group, addresses a protest gathering at Jantar Mantar calling for end to deaths due to sewer cleaning in New Delhi.

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A placard seen during a protest against the violation of Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act 2013, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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All India Fair Price Shop Dealers’ Federation members protest for completio of various demands, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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A worker ­submerged in a manhole

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Bezwada Wilson

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Laboures work to open a clogged sewers after heavy rains in Lucknow.

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Manual scavengers cleans a sewer in Delhi.

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Manual scavengers cleans a sewer in Delhi.

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A manual scavenger cleans a sewer in Delhi.

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A manual scavenger cleans a sewer in Delhi.

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A manual scavenger cleans a sewer in Delhi.

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Manual scavenging in Delhi.

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Despite the ban on manual scavenging, men continue to be engaged in works to manually in Delhi.

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A worker cleans the sewer in New Delhi.

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A manual scavenger looks on as he cleans a sewer in New Delhi.

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A manual scavenger seen cleaning a sewer without any safety equipment, in Delhi.

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A scavenger gathers recyclable items from a semi-dry drain, at Taimoor Nagar in New Delhi.

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Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Photograph by Vijay Pandey

Manual scavenging in East Delhi. 1268 deaths of manual scavengers have been recorded over the past two years. It has been illegal but continue in practice to survive for manual scavengers.

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Manual scavenging in East Delhi. 1268 deaths of manual scavengers have been recorded over the past two years. It has been illegal but continue in practice to survive for manual scavengers.

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A Valmiki worker cleans the sewers in Rohini, New Delhi

Photograh by Narendra Bisht

A boy pulls a bag filled with recyclable material at a garbage dump yard in Gauhati.

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Spiritual experience? Modi feels it’s spirituality that drives Valmiks to continue manual scavenging

After Independence, year 66 Manual scavenging in Lucknow

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Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh torching the baskets used for scavenging before flagging off the 'Maila Mukti Yatra' march for the eradication of manual scavenging, in Bhopal.

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A man throws a piece of garbage in the air as he scavenges amongst the remains of large idols of Durga that were immersed in the Yamuna the previous day as part of Durga Puja.

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A family carries wood scavenged from the remains of large idols of Durga that were immersed in the Yamuna the previous day as part of Durga Puja in New Delhi.

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