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Manual Scavenging : A Real measure of progress as a society

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imagesIn spite in last 65 years since independence , we as a society still lives and breathes the old practices of treating , discriminating people on the basis of caste and creed, The old practice of Dalits as a marginalised community being who are being heckled and brutally treated still continued without any change . We all are living in a highly technocratic environment with more advances in technology happening everywhere across the world , we as  a nation is largely following the trend of a free flow of information, access and use of technology to improve one’s life for better. But I feel  so ashamed that we as a society still feels the same in the way we treat marginalised communities like Dalits.  They are still being allowed to all those menial and risky jobs like manual scavenging , I heard no politicians   expressing  in strong words against this decade-old practice , we call ourselves as an empowered society who knows how to fight for their rights . But so far society has not stood to fight against the practice of manual scavenging.

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Bezwada Wilson and his movement Safai karmachari Andolan

Bezwada Wilson from Karnataka a Dalit by himself  stands apart , he   has started  Safai karmachari andolan which fights against the manual scavenging , the removal of human excreta using their hands  and disposing the waste to disposal sites by  carrying  it on their heads, sometimes their predicament is so bad they have to get themselves immersed in sewage canals for long hours to drain the waste from it, they often  involve in this activity  in bad light with lesser oxygen to breathe , by putting their own lives at huge risk . But we care very less about the plight n of such people who daily fights for their lives  by scavenging the human waste to earn their living. Don’t we have a  better system still  in this country to dispose of human waste ?

Swach Bharath Abhiyan & Cess

Our  Govt takes pride in the Swatch Bharath Abhiyan  and celebrities from all walks of life openly promote the need  for having a toilet in every household , To build toilets  across the length bad breadth of this country we as a society is in fact paying an indirect cess to the govt  .  But we as a society never felt the importance of highlighting the issue of manual scavenging , No celebrities or the media has shown interest in stopping this practice and empower those people who are involved this activities generations after generation.  So-called sophisticated, elite or upper class treat those people with contempt , insanity.  When are we going to get way from the shackles of this oppressive system  of caste and creed create,  divide within the human beings?

Govt is the biggest culprit

The  2016 Magsasay award winner MR Bezwada Wilson is fighting for the cause of around 180,000 thousand households cleaning 79,0000 dry toilets in which mostly are women folks who deliberately pushed to this profession as hereditary , see the biggest violator is the successive govt  in spite of having constitutional rules and laws prohibiting this practice , but govt failed miserably to enforce the rights of this people.  The biggest irony is that this problem is faced not  by majority community , but a lesser cross section of the population who are very many minorities , who are sidelined . So their rights for a better living  don’t have much value for the society as a whole.  I think as a progressive society we should have collectively fight this practice , stopped by all means if anybody saw promoting this. It is shame collective as a society that we are still allowing this to continue even after having suitable protection under the constitution for a decent living with dignity and respect. As per the 2011 census shows , UP tops the chart with more no of dry toilets.

 

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