A determined fight against caste-based atrocities, including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration

By Raju Solanki First time in the history of Dalit protest in Gujarat Dalits from as many as ten villages have come together, formed a united platform called ‘Pratirodh’ and launched a determined fight against caste based atrocities including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration. They all are on indefinite hunger strike for justice. On … More A determined fight against caste-based atrocities, including rape, murder, abduction and forced migration

University authorities seemed to be targeting Rohith, other Dalit students from political position

Excerpts from the report of the People’s Tribunal on Caste Discrimination and Police Action in University of Hyderabad, prepared by Justice K Chandru, retired judge, High Court, Madras; Prof Ghanshyam Shah, formerly professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Prof Govardhan Wankhede, formerly professor and dean, Tata Institute of Social Science , Mumbai:   The … More University authorities seemed to be targeting Rohith, other Dalit students from political position

Gujarat govt isn’t aware which department should implement the manual scavenging Act

By Gujarat Safai Kamdar Adhikar Andolan* Civil society organizations, leaders, activists who are concerned for rights of sweepers have come together under Gujarat Safai Kamdar Adhikar Andolan. It focuses on eradication of manual scavenging, and rehabilitation of manual scavengers in other occupations. It also wants that sweeping is done with safety equipment, drainage is cleaned … More Gujarat govt isn’t aware which department should implement the manual scavenging Act

Despite Tamil Nadu’s impressive toilet coverage, manually disposing of human excreta persists

By Seetha Gopalakrishnan “My mother used to head out with a basket full of ash every day. She would visit dry latrines in the area one by one, sprinkle the ash on the night soil, scoop it up and carry the excreta-filled basket on her head to dump the contents into a small tanker. This … More Despite Tamil Nadu’s impressive toilet coverage, manually disposing of human excreta persists

Eradicating manual scavenging: Safai Karamchari Commission’s 20-year lag in implementing law

By Jitendra Rathod* The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 came into effect across India on 6th December, 2013. Meanwhile, honorable Supreme Court of India gave landmark judgment to identify and award compensation of Rs 10 lakh to dependents in deaths of sewerage workers who died while cleaning sewerage and … More Eradicating manual scavenging: Safai Karamchari Commission’s 20-year lag in implementing law