Print edition : May 16, 2014

A manual scavenger carries human waste after cleaning dry toilets in Nekpur village, Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh. The court noted with dismay that dry latrines continued to exist notwithstanding the presence of the 1993 Act. Photo: Prakash SINGH/AFP

The Supreme Court’s intervention has brought significant results in the Safai Karamchari Andolan case, but its final judgment belies expectations of a time-bound end to manual scavenging.
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