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Liberated women scavengers visit Parliament, meet Speaker

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– PHOTO: R. V. Moorthy

A new beginning: A group of liberated women scavengers during their visit to the Parliament House in New Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: Over 300 women, who used to work as scavengers in various towns of Rajasthan and were liberated and rehabilitated by NGO Sulabh International, on Tuesday visited the Parliament House complex and witnessed the proceedings of Lok Sabha from the visitors' gallery. They also met Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and shared their experiences.

Terming the visit of emancipated women scavengers to Parliament as “historic”, Ms. Kumar said: “Such events not only further strengthens our democracy, it also make our society more inclusive.” She urged people to wage war against all kinds of social evils and work towards removing the problem of scavenging.

Expressing grave concern over the age old practice of manual scavenging, the Lok Sabha Speaker hoped that government policies and work of organisations like Sulabh International would help in eradicating this evil.

Describing caste system as the greatest tragedy to befall the human race, Ms. Kumar said even the poor have a right to live with self respect. Appreciating the efforts of Sulabh International Founder Bindeshwar Pathak for bringing about a change in the lives of so many women scavengers, she said through such efforts her faith in humanity was reaffirmed.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pathak said the visit of liberated scavengers to the Parliament House was a great victory over the centuries-old practice of untouchability.

“The problem of scavenging is not entirely about water and sanitation. It is a special problem which calls for special solutions. We are committed to work towards removing this social evil from India,” Dr. Pathak added.

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