The Maharashtra government informed the Bombay HC that about 4500 toilets would be built for the pilgrims visiting the holy Pandharpur town in Solapur district for the Asadi Ekadashi festival on July 9.
Expressing anguish over Maharashtra government`s apathy towards manual scavengers in the pilgrimage city of Pandharpur in Solapur district, the Bombay High Court today said it will shock the conscience of anybody to know that this inhuman practice continues unabated till date.
A bill seeking to prohibit employment of individuals as manual scavengers by prescribing stringent punishment, including imprisonment up to five years, to those employing such labour was passed by Parliament on Saturday.
Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ has acted as a catalyst to bring about that much needed change in the society. To improve the degrading values and Indian customs upon which every national used to feel proud about, the show has aided to mobilise people and institutions like never before.
Expressing concern over slow pace of abolition of manual scavenging and dry latrines, NHRC on Saturday said the statistics projected in this regard by the public authorities; do not match the ground realities.
Irked by some state governments
failure to implement law against manual scavenging, the
Supreme Court Monday said it will consider taking the issue to
its logical conclusion by laying down guidelines for its