Resisting indignity

, by Frontline

Safai karmacharis (manual scavengers) are set to end their two-decade-long movement for a life of dignity on a victorious note. As revellers across the world prepare to celebrate the end of the first decade of the new millennium and the start of a new year, a million women across India will be celebrating not the end of a calendar year but the end of a centuries-old degrading and inhuman occupation – lifting of night soil, euphemistically referred to as manual scavenging. Read more