'Maharashtra govt's responsibility to end shameful manual scavenging': Bombay HC

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court yesterday slammed the state government for its shameful practice of manual scavenging in Maharashtra. The court also asked the government to answer several questions. The government has reportedly been given time till October 18 to answer several questions. In a statement yesterday, the High Court said, "It is the responsibility of the state government to end the shameful practice of manual scavenging in the state.'' In fact, a bench of Justices Ujjwal Bhuiyan and Madhav Jamdar asked several questions to the Uddhav government.

The High Court first questioned whether the government has conducted a survey to trace manual scavengers after the prohibition of employment of manual scavengers and their rehabilitation act, 2013 came into force. It also said, "The government has been asked for information on the steps taken to rehabilitate such employees. In addition to this question, the Bombay High Court asked the government how many manual scavengers had died during work since 1993. The state government should inform their families about the compensation.''

Let me tell you that the court sought all this information from the government during the hearing of a petition filed by three women. In fact, the husbands of these women died while picking up dirt from their hands, which is why the women filed a petition. Public prosecutor Purnima Kantharia said in the court, "The company which appointed the laborers for work had deposited a cheque of 1.25 lakh rupees for each petitioner after the incident.''

Hearing this, the court directed that the cheque be handed over to the petitioners. At the same time, the DM will hand over the remaining amount to them. At the same time, the Bombay High Court also asked the Maharashtra government to hand over all the information it has sought to the court by October 18.

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