Legislation has failed to end manual scavenging: NHRC
Legislation to end the "insidious" practice of manual scavenging has failed in India, which still has 340,000 manual scavengers - a matter of "utter shame," National Human Rights Commission chairman K.G. Balakrishnan said Friday.
"In the 1993 (The Employment of Manual Scavenges and Construction Of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, manual scavenging is an offence but in the last 20 years, not a single prosecution has been laid," Balakrishnan said at the National Conference on Manual Scavenging and Sanitation here.
He said the act failed to address the most "insidious" forms of manual scavenging such as cleaning manholes and septic tanks.
The act did not fix responsibility of states that have made half-hearted attempts to abolish this practice, he said.
"There can be no justification in delay in abolishing this practice," he added.
"Total 3,40,000 people are said to be manual scavengers in a free India. It is utterly shameful for this country."
(Posted on 21-02-2014)
Information on States of India:
Andaman Nicobar | Andhra Pradesh | Arunachal Pradesh | Assam | Bihar | Chandigarh | Chhattisgarh | Dadar Nagar Haveli | Daman Diu | Delhi | Goa | Gujarat | Haryana | Himachal Pradesh | Jammu Kashmir | Jharkhand | Karnataka | Kerala | Lakshadweep | Madhya Pradesh | Maharashtra | Manipur | Meghalaya | Mizoram | Nagaland | Orissa | Pondicherry | Punjab | Rajasthan | Sikkim | Tamil Nadu | Tripura | Uttar Pradesh | Uttaranchal | West Bengal
INDIA REGIONAL MAPS:
Andhra Pradesh Travel Map | Bihar Travel Map | Goa Travel Map | Gujarat Travel Map | Haryana Travel Map | Himachal Pradesh Map | Karnataka Travel Map | Kerala Travel Map | Maharashtra Travel Map | Punjab Travel Map | Rajasthan Travel Map | Sikkim Travel Map | Tamil Nadu Travel Map | Uttar Pradesh Travel Map | West Bengal Travel Map |
KERALA TRAVEL MAPS:
TRAVEL MAPS OF INDIA:
INDIA CITY MAPS: