Caste Murders : Manhole in Indian lifestyle !

19Aug08



One Response to “Caste Murders : Manhole in Indian lifestyle !”

  1. 1 Rajan

    people belonging to schedulded castes have to do this job.no upper caste like Brahmin,Baniya,Maratha,Yadav….do this job.This inhuman practise of manual scavanging is the gift of Hindu society to ex-untouchables.Every day millions of dalits sweep the streets,clean the toilets,remove the human excreta with hands and broom,clean the manholes ..
    In return, what do they get?
    1) very less wedges 174 Rs attendance..most of the workers are on contract basis.They get work for 10-12 days in amonth Their average salary is 1700-2000 Rs per month.This is for male workers.Females have to again face discrimination here they get work for 4-5 days only.
    2)Skin diseases,respiratory diseases like tuberculosis etc.
    3)inhuman attitude of civil socity

    The manholes mainly contains poisonous gases like methane,Carbon dioxide,Carbon monoxide,sulphur dioxide.
    The government do not provide them health and safety measures.Even they dont provide mask and gloves.Wokers remove the excreta with their hands and clean the manholes.

    As far as the recent murder of sanitary worker in Nagpur is concerned,the health authorities and Nagpur Municipal Corporations are totally resposnsible.
    1) The cleaning of Manhole should not have been asked after 5 pm.
    2) There was no proper planning from Nagpur Corporation or Fire Brigade.
    3) For cleaning manhole of 20 feet there should have been rescue team.
    4) There was no permanent staff of NMC at the working site
    5) All of them are aiwajedars( Temporary workers)
    6) No insurrance of these workers.

    In Nagpur,there are 75,000 Manholes ranging from 3 feet -20 feet in depth.There are more than 6000 Aiwajedars(contract sanitary workers) They are mostly from Ex-Mahars(Now Buddhists),Mang,Bhangi,Maharshi,Chambhar and other scheduled caste communities.
    In this episode,Mr Pravesh Ramteke,30yrs old, BuddhistR/oPanchasheel Nagar Nagpur died due to inhalation of poisonous gases when he enetered the manhole.
    Who will take care of his two daughters one is 10 yrs and other 6 yrs old.who will take care of their food and education.

    The other two are serious.Mr Baban Khushal Nandeshwar34yrs Buddhist is admitted in Madan Hospital Pachpawali Nagpur.His family is bearing his expenses and not the corporation.
    The other injured Mr Dinesh Ghodke is admitted in ICCU in Mayo Hospital Nagpur.

    There several young dalits who do not want to do this job.But due to poverty they are forced to do this inhuman job.One such young boy Mukesh who is now working as aiwajedar knows about Dr Ambedkar.He says because of this great man he is able to get educated upto 9th std.Mukesh used to score 1st/2nd rank in his school in Siddharth nagar near PWS college Nagpur.His father also works as Sanitary worker.He has 4 brothers one is painter,other goes to wash the cars,and one brother does the same job as mukesh.
    His sister got educated upto Graduation and she completed B.Ed.But since they do not have money his sister did not get any job.Due to poverty Mukesh left his education and joined aiwajedar in NMC.He does not like this job but he is helpless.He knows education is the key for emancipation of dalits.He is also aware about the recent decision of Uttar Pradesh govt.to make all contract Sanitary workers into perrmanent staffs.He is hopeful that such revolutionary decision will also be implemented in Maharashtra


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