Citizens for Justice and Peace

Sewer Deaths

Your shit kills! Deaths of sanitation workers continue even as governments claim (sic) that they have no person involved in manual scavenging

“In India, a man is not a scavenger because of his work. He is a scavenger because of his birth irrespective of the question whether he does scavenging or not.” – Dr B.R. Ambedkar   In a report released recently by the ‘Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan’[1], Gujarat reported 62 deaths of manual scavengers, followed by Maharashtra and…

NHRC Fights The Good Fight

In 2019, NHRC fights the good fight Here’s a look at the prominent human rights issues picked up by NHRC in the year gone by

Some major and critical issues picked up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) include cases of death due to cleaning of tanks, cases of sexual abuse and police inaction as also cases of custodial deaths. It is noteworthy, that the NHRC has taken so much initiative in one year. However, it is also important for…

Death down the drain A timeline of deaths of sanitation workers

The National Commission of Safai Karamcharis reported that at least 50 people have died within the first six months of 2019 while cleaning sewers in India. However, the lives of these workers have not received a fraction of that government attention proffered to the Swacch Bharat Mission. Let us have a look at a timeline marking…

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