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Manju is a member of Arun Ska, a women’s tailor group in Rajasthan, India that acts both as a women’s empowerment group and helps women find alternative livelihoods as well as receive training. For decades, Sumid was a manual scavenger, a job that involves removing human excrement by hand, a practice that was outlawed in 1993. There are still 1.2 million manual scavengers in India due to poverty and lack of education. Workers never earn more than €20 a year and endure side-effects like constant nausea and headaches, respiratory and skin diseases, anaemia and carbon monoxide poisoning. Innately dehumanising, the practice also reinforces the deeply ingrained Caste trope that 167 million Indians are “untouchable”.
"We were treated like untouchables – literally like untouchable. Now when I am doing tailoring I have to touch them [customers] to measure them. They even drink water from us”.
Those who are currently doing manual scavenging can get help to apply for the government compensation grant. @christianaiduk @unwomen
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