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Title: The Overlooked Price of Keeping India Clean
Authors: Nirnaya Bhatta
Dhanya Gopal
Keywords: India
manual scavenging
caste system
social mobility
health and safety
Issue Date: 19-Mar-2019
Citation: Nirnaya Bhatta, Dhanya Gopal (2019-03-19). The Overlooked Price of Keeping India Clean : 1-11. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Series/Report no.: LKYSPP Case Writing Competition; 2018
Abstract: Despite the outlawing of the practice of manual scavenging in India via the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (prohibition) Act, 1993, a 2002 to 2003 Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment survey identified 676,009 manual scavengers still working in the country. Of these, 95% belonged to the marginalized Dalit communities. India’s caste-based intergenerational system still played a role in allocating different professions. This case study examines the underlying forces that drove this outlawed practice and identifies the role of the market, institutions, and societal norms in its continued prevalence.
DOI: 10.25818/qbx2-at48
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