Press Esc to close

SC to examine through manual scavenging legislation

New Delhi, Sep 9, 2013 (PTI): 20:21 IST
Parliament's approval to the Bill banning manual scavenging will come in for scrutiny of the Supreme Court which today said it will examine its provisions threadbare to see whether it meets necessary requirements to wipe out the social stigma attached to a section of society.

"We want to see the new legislation whether it takes care of everything or not. We will ask all states to implement it," a bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai said.

It was told that the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2013 has got the nod of both houses of Parliament and awaits the President's assent for notification.

The bench posted the matter for final hearing on October 29 while asking the Chief Secretaries of all states to file affidavits giving details of the rehabilitation and steps taken to liberate those involved in manual scavenging.

The Haridwar district magistrate, who had been pulled up on December 11 last year for filing an "incorrect" affidavit that there is no manual scavenging in the temple town, was asked by the Bench to file additional affidavit about the exact position there.

It had directed the officer to personally visit those places, where manual scavenging is prevalent, and take immediate steps for scavengers' rehabilitation.

The court had said all dry latrines in the area must be replaced with flush latrines.
The PIL filed in 2003 by an NGO, Safai Karamchari Andolan, had sought banning of manual scavenging and has been time-to-time coming out with the events and data to falsify the claim of the authorities. During the pendency of the PIL, the Centre had assured the apex court that it was coming out with a fresh legislation which ultimately got the approval of Parliament in the just- concluded monsoon session.

The bench was told that there was a law in this regard since 1993 but none of the states implemented it in its letter and spirit.

The Bill seeks to prohibit employment of individuals as manual scavengers by prescribing stringent punishment, including imprisonment up to five years, to those employing such labour and also their rehabilitation.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets a gathering during 'Rally for Change' at Jawaharlal Nehru...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets a gathering during 'Rally for Change' at Jawaharlal Nehru...

Rahul Gandhi, newly elected president of India's main opposition Congress party, kisses the...

Rahul Gandhi, newly elected president of India's main opposition Congress party, kisses the...

A performer poses during celebrations after Rahul Gandhi, newly elected president of India's main...

A performer poses during celebrations after Rahul Gandhi, newly elected president of India's main...

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral...

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral...

Army and Air Force jawans pay homage to the martyrs of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, on the...

Army and Air Force jawans pay homage to the martyrs of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, on the...

Women take part in a bike rally to commemorate the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Karad, Maharashtra...

Women take part in a bike rally to commemorate the Vijay Diwas celebrations in Karad, Maharashtra...

Polling staff check EVM one day ahead of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation elections, in...

Polling staff check EVM one day ahead of the Amritsar Municipal Corporation elections, in...

Umarte Sau Crore Abhiyan Bihar members with eunuchs at a candle light march during a protest...

Umarte Sau Crore Abhiyan Bihar members with eunuchs at a candle light march during a protest...

Indian Air Force's 'Akash Ganga' sky diving team members perform during an air show on the...

Indian Air Force's 'Akash Ganga' sky diving team members perform during an air show on the...

The new Stoos Bahn, which claims to be the steepest funicular railway in the world, stands on its...

The new Stoos Bahn, which claims to be the steepest funicular railway in the world, stands on its...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.