[Reader-list] Talk on Manual Scavenging on 6th April by INSIGHT STUDY CIRCLE

anoop kumar anoopkheri at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 17:12:58 IST 2008

Dear Friends,


INSIGHT Study Circle invites you for a public meeting on the issue of *'Manual

*Guest Speakers:* -

*1. **Mr.** Saptarshi Mandal  -  Law Student , National University for
Juridical Sciences (NUJS),  Kolkata *

*2.  **Mr. Raj Kumar  -  Young Activist working on the issue of Manual
Scavenging in Haryana*

*3.  **Ms. Seema - **Young Activist working on the issue of Manual
Scavenging in Haryana*

*Venue: - Indian Social Institute (ISI),* *[10, Institutional Area, Lodi
Road, New Delhi]*

*Time: - 11 am to 1 pm*

*Date: - 6th April 2008 (Sunday)*

*Programme: - *

The Government of India's 'Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry
Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993', had promised the eradication of a
pernicious practice that only certain Dalit sub-castes were subject to and
thereby the restoration of dignity to the individual as enshrined in the
Preamble to the Constitution. It was enacted as a uniform law for the whole
of India to abolish manual scavenging by declaring employment of manual
scavengers for removal of human excreta an offense, and thereby ban the
construction of dry latrines.

However, due to lack of political will and social consciousness, lakhs of
Dalits (12 lakh approx) are still destined to clean and carry the human
excreta with their bare hands in almost every part of the country,
especially in the urban and semi-urban areas. Dalits involved in manual
scavenging have been one of the worst sufferers of social exclusion and
economic exploitation.

*Mr. Saptrishi Mandal will present a paper on  'Manual Scavenging and the
Legal Discourse'*

*Mr. Rajkumar and Ms. Seema will share their experiences about working on
the issue of  manual scavenging in Haryana. *

*INSIGHT: YOUNG VOICES is an English bimonthly Dalit Youth Magazine. Since
inception, it has been organizing meetings and public talks on the issues
related with the Dalit community both inside the campuses and outside. *

*One of the prime objectives of the INSIGHT group has been to create a
platform for Dalit students and youth to share their views and to interact
with scholars, academicians, activists and organizations that have been
working on the issues related with the Dalit community*.

*Towards this objective, INSIGHT Study Circle* *organizes meetings on any
one particular issue on the First Sunday of every Month. Through this we are
aspiring to bring Dalit students, youth, activists, professionals, scholars
and researchers on one platform to interact with each other. *

*We encourage young Dalit students/researchers/activists to share their work
with us during the meetings of Study Circle.*

For more information please contact our Study Circle Coordinators: -

Dr Ajita Rao [ajita_nav at yahoo.com]
Anoop Kumar [anoopkheri at gmail.com]







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