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Stories of Change

Untouchability

Dignity For All

 
 
 
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  •   MAKING HER OWN DESTINY

    MAKING HER OWN DESTINY

    Meena gave up manual scavenging and is now a confident auto driver in Delhi

  •   Breaking the shackles

    Breaking the shackles

    For generations, they cleaned human waste. But not anymore

  •   FREEDOM MOVEMENT

    FREEDOM MOVEMENT

    NGOs fighting manual scavenging say the show helped to bring Dalits and non-Dalits together

   
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    Women of substance

    “I broke the temporary makeshift toilets of the upper castes and told them that I would die but never clean their waste again.” – Laadku, a liberated manual scanvenger

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    Women of substance
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    Decoding the act against manual scavenging

    Manual scavenging has always been linked to the practice of untouchability and Article 17 of the Constitution of India prohibits the continuation of such practices.

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    Decoding the act against manual scavenging
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    One woman against the caste system

    “The episode was the first time this issue was discussed so openly across all strata of society. I feel that social sensitivity has increased, and people are more aware.” - Dr Kaushal Panwar

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    One woman against the caste system
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    NGO YOU SUPPORTED: ASSOCIATION FOR RURAL AND URBAN NEEDY

    Cleaning up our act

    Even today, caste hierarchies in India seem to be set in stone. Dismantling them slowly are organizations that encourage Dalits to work in professions not bound by their caste. One such NGO is Hyderabad-based Association for Rural and Urban Needy, which has been helping manual scavengers find dignified livelihoods.

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     NGO YOU SUPPORTED: ASSOCIATION FOR RURAL AND URBAN NEEDY
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