Moved by a video posted by an administrator on Facebook appearing filling in as manual scroungers in Delhi regardless of the administration’s guaranteed prohibition on the training, a promoter has moved the Delhi High Court looking for a severe restriction on manual rummaging which had been announced illicit in the year 1993.
Advocate Amit Sahni proceeded towards the high court after going through a video uploaded by an MLA from Sultanpur Majra Constituency of Delhi that showed manual scavengers allegedly employed by the Delhi Government’s Public Works Department to clean sewer on Main Road near Neta Ji Subhash Place in the Shakurpur Vidhan Sabha area of New Delhi. The video showed men cleaning sewers without any of the safety equipment despite the hue and cry raised previous year over men dying when they were working as scavengers. A bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon asked Sahni to share the CDs of the video with the Delhi government’s Public Works Department, the Social Welfare Department and the Delhi Jal Board, all impleaded as respondents by him.
Sahni put forward how the government had failed to implement in letter and spirit the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 which banned insanitary latrines in the country as well as hazardous cleaning through manual scavengers. “Sadly the Government of NCT of Delhi in spite of professed to have forced cover prohibition on manual cleaning of Sewers on 21-08-2017 in according to the headings of Lt. Representative, who had assembled a High Level Conference over passings amid sewer cleaning, which was additionally gone to by Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi PWD Minister Satender Jain and Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam. It was additionally guaranteed that no individual will be permitted to go inside the drain for sewer cleaning under any conditions and that there will be finished prohibition on it”.
Another appeal under the steady gaze of the Supreme Court claims one individual passing on like clockwork while functioning as a manual forager. It looks for enrollment of FIR in all instances of passings of manual foragers and people connecting with them to be reserved for guilty manslaughter not adding up to murder.