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      . March 27, 2014


      Safai Karmachari Andolan welcomes historic judgment of Supreme Court on eradication of inhuman


      practice of manual scavenging. In its judgment today Supreme Court has deprecated the


        continuance of manual scavenging in the


      in blatant violation of Article 17 of the


Constitution of India

      by which, “untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is


      forbidden”. The court was emphatic about the duty cast on all sates and union territories “to


        fully implement (the


      ) and to take action against the violators. In a significant


      endorsement of concerns raised by Safai Karmachari Andolan, the Supreme Court directed the


      government to, “Identify the families of all persons who have died in sewerage work (manholes,


septic tanks

      ) since 1993 and award compensation of Rs.10 lakhs for each such death to the


      family members depending on them”.The judgment has been given by Supreme Court Bench headed by


Chief Justice

      P Sathasivam.


      The court has been categorical that, “If the practice of manual scavenging has to be brought to


      a close and also to prevent future generations from the inhuman practice of manual scavenging,


      rehabilitation of manual scavengers will need to include:-


      (a) Sewer deaths – entering sewer lines without safety gears should be made a crime even in


      emergency situations. For each such death, compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs should be given to the


        family of the




      (b) Railways– should take time bound strategy to end manual scavenging on the tracks.


      (c) Persons released from manual scavenging should not have to cross hurdles to receive what is


      their legitimate due under the law.


      (d) Provide support for dignified livelihood to safai karamchari women in accordance with their


      choice of livelihood schemes.


      Court also said that rehabilitation must be based on the principles of justice and


        transformation. The court also directed the

Indian Railways

      , which is the largest employer of


      manual scavengers in the country, to take time bound strategy to end manual scavenging on the




      National convenor of Safai Karamchari AndolanBezwada Wilsonsaid that,this is a victory of


      manual scavengers who have been fighting across the country for their liberation against the


      denial of central and various state governments repeatedly.The court acknowledged the


      significance of the data provided by the petitioner Safai Karmachari Andolan in its 12 years


      legal battle demonstrating, “that the practice of manual scavenging continues unabated. Dry


      latrines continue to exist notwithstanding the fact that the 1993 Act was in force for nearly


      two decades. States have acted in denial of the 1993 Act and the constitutional mandate to


      abolish untouchability.”


      Safai Karmachari Andolan, who has been spearheading the movement to end this obnoxious practice


      of manual scavenging across the country from last thirty years, said that the judgment has been


      huge armor in our fight and we are not going to rest until this judgment is fully implemented


      in letter and spirit across the country. The mission of Safai Karmachari Andolan is not to


        sleep until the last

manual scavenger

      is liberated and rehabilitated with a dignified






Bezwada Wilson


      National Convenor


      Safai Karmchari Andolan,


      36 / 13 Ground Floor, East Patel Nagar


      New Delhi – 110 008


      Mob – 09311234793 , Ph-01125863166



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