LAW ET JUSTICIA LAW REVIEW
VOLUME 1 ISSUE 1
RIGHT TO DIGNITY OF MANUAL SCAVENGERS
Ms. RIYA KHANNA,
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
Manual Scavenging is an age-old practice in India, since the time of British rule. It is carried out by the socially oppressed class of the society, i.e. Dalits. Manual scavengers are denied the right to lead a life of human dignity, which is a fundamental aspect of Article 21 guaranteed to one and all. Although the Indian Constitution forbids any sort of discrimination on the basis of caste, yet manual scavengers become the victims of the same. India has also made legislation prohibiting the act of manual scavenging, yet it is so deep-rooted into the Indian society that it would not be eradicated unless the legislation is implemented effectively.