• “No other Country sends People to Gas Chamber”: SC on Sewer Deaths

    Sabrang India

    September 19, 2019

    In their scathing observations, the top court said though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country.

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    The Supreme Court today expressed serious concern over people dying during manual scavenging and sewage cleaning in India, saying nowhere in the world people are sent to "gas chambers to die".

    In the process of making scathing observations, the top court said though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra questioned Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, as to why proper protective gear like mask and oxygen cylinders were not being provided to people who are engaged in manual scavenging and cleaning of sewage or manholes.

    "Why are you not providing them masks and oxygen cylinders? In no country in the world, people are sent to gas chambers to die. Four to five people are dying due to this every month," the bench also comprising justices MR Shah and BR Gavai said.


    First published in Sabrang India.

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