Manual scavengers: Between reality and fiction
This year witnessed the death of 10 manual scavengers in Delhi, following which the government announced compensation for their families and finally took the decision of banning manual scavenging in the city, writes Sayantan Ghosh.
Chotu, a 35-year-old man clad in just a shabby pair of shorts finished his last drag of bidi before going down into a drain of New Ashok Nagar. He had a rope, an iron rod, a steel bucket and few other instruments to clean the drain. He has a name in this area for cleaning drains, septic tanks and other sanitary works. He is not the only one in the Capital, but there are several more manual scavengers across the city.