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Petition for Eradication of 'Manual Scavenging': Maila Mukti Yatra

'Manual Scavenging' is a gross human right violation under various legislation and International human rights laws.

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Photos of 'Manual scavenging' in India courtesy:, WND and

(LONDON) - “During hot and rainy days, the excreta I carried would trickle down my face and body. I could not think of another way to provide for my family.” - Gomti Valmiki, Uttar Pradesh

Dear Friends,  

Greetings from Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan – Jan Sahas!!

'Manual Scavenging' is a gross human right violation under various legislation and International human rights laws.

To mention a few, Article 17 of constitution of India, Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955, Bonded Labour Abolition Act 1976, The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Dry latrines construction (Prohibition) Act 1993, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (prevention of atrocities) Act 1989. In recent European parliament session, resolution was pass on caste discrimination in India, also highlighted the inhuman practice of manual scavenging.

On 3rd September 2012, “The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012" has been introduced in the Lok Sabha. As it awaits discussion, we put forth our recommendation and demand in the bill.

Thats why we started 10000 km, National March Maila Mukti Yatra and a petition through Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan on asking Prime Minister of India, Shri. Manmohan Singh to take action against this inhuman slavery and it's time to eliminate this practice. 

We are determined to fight and raise our voice against this inhuman practice until we realize our demands. We also urge/appeal to the larger society to join your hands with us in eradicating Manual Scavenging practice from India. We are tired of promised. We need proper rehabilitation of community and complete eradication of practice. We need immediate action.

Join us and help us get those recommendations on the bill by singing our petition, Please sign and share my petition with your friends. 

Every time you sign the petition a mail goes to Shri Manmohan Singh, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment and the Chairman of the Standing Committee asking him to take these recommendations

Thanks in advance for taking action,

In solidarity,

Ashif Shaikh and Lali Bai,

Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan

Special thanks to Kamal Rajapakse



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