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Why Bezwada Wilson Will Not Rest till the Last Manual Scavenger Quits the Inhuman Profession
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Why Bezwada Wilson Will Not Rest till the Last Manual Scavenger Quits the Inhuman Profession

About Bezwada Wilson:

  • Bezwada Wilson is fighting to eliminate the demeaning profession of Manual Scavenging from its roots.
  • As a child, he has witnessed troubles of scavengers. His father was a manual scavenger and his brother worked with Indian Railways for a few years.

His contribution:

  • In 1995, he kick started the Safai Karmchari Andolan (SKA) to liberate people from this degrading occupation and enable them to live with dignity.
  • The movement started in Karnataka and is now active in 25 states of India.
  • The movement has helped scavengers understand their rights, avail rehabilitation schemes, and avail financial support sources.

Outcome:

  • Because of his efforts, the number of people involved in manual scavenging has reduced from 15 lakh in 1996 to 2 lakhs in 2013.

His aims:

  • He wants to eliminate scavenging and sanitation work from the Dalit community and abolish the caste system that still prevails in the country.

Values upheld by him:

  • Compassion, Human Values of love, care, Social Justice, Fairness

Quote:

  • Small aimis a crime; have great aim- A.P.J Abdul Kalam

 

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