Manual scavenging

Feet of clay

Print edition : April 12, 2019

Workers clearing a drain in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Narendra Modi washing the feet of a sanitation worker at Prayagraj on February 24. A video grab. Photo: Twitter Photo/ PTI

Despite the Clean India campaign and a 2013 Act that expressly prohibits manual scavenging, there has been no effort to prosecute violators of the law or to prevent the death of manual scavengers while at work, not to speak of plans for their rehabilitation.

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