Rani's husband, Anil, was a sanitation worker in Dwarka's Dabri area who earned between 150 to 300 Rupees everyday doing odd jobs. On 15th of September, a municipal officer offered him 1500 to enter and clean a 250 meter long sewer line. He wasn't given any protective gear but the money offered was too much for him to refuse. He entered the sewers but never came out.
In India, a manual scavenger dies every 5 days. The Manual Scavengers and Their Rehabilitation Act, 2013 prohibits employment of humans in manual scavenging jobs but thousands of people, mostly belonging to the Scheduled Castes, are often employed to undertake such activities as it costs less than doing it through a machine.
Picture taken at Jantar Mantar, Delhi.
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