Wednesday, June 29, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Fwd: Shame!


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From: Shiva Shankar <>
Date: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM
Subject: Shame!

No surprise - after all there is manual scavenging at the New Delhi
railway station, some kilometers from the Supreme Court of the

                Shame! Manual scavenging continues in KGF

Senthalir S, TNN Jun 22, 2011, 05.57am IST

KOLAR GOLD FIELDS: Over the past six months, six persons have died in
Kolar Gold Fields, 100km from Bangalore, due to illnesses contracted
from manual scavenging. This was revealed by a fact-finding study
conducted by the People's Union for Civil Liberties and Social Justice

That manual scavenging exists under the shadow of the glittering IT
capital, is shameful. Last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called
for an end to this practice; on Monday, the Karnataka High Court
directed the government to file an action plan to eradicate it.

The scavengers' life is miserable. Geetha B lost her husband G Babu
and brother-in-law GS Nagaraj, 45, both safai karmacharis. Her husband
died on April 5 and her brother-in-law on Oct 10, 2010.


Law and parliamentary affairs minister S Suresh Kumar visited KGF on
Tuesday and promised them rehabilitation and new jobs. Just one hour
after his visit, at least six safai karmacharis from Kennedy Telugu
Lane, near Oorgaum, went to nearby Henry's Lane to clear a sewage pit
- without protection.

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