This refers to the article, “Deaths in drains” (April 4). Though the government and the Supreme Court have taken several steps to improve the working conditions of sewer-cleaners and manual scavengers, the ground reality is still disheartening. What we really need is rehabilitation of, skill development and education for the “victim community.” There also needs to be greater awareness in society on the issue. The reality is appalling; the magnitude of this practice should change the hearts of many.

Divyank Singh,


It was a shock to know that at least three Indians die every day inside manholes. When cleaning manholes is a sight that is common in large cities, what can one expect from the smaller cities? Why are the fundamental rights of our people exploited every day, and why is no one willing to care? There must be efforts to rehabilitate these people who are largely poor and illiterate.

Jai Prakash Baghotia,

Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

An amount of Rs.10 lakh can never revive a dead man. Once a sewer worker enters the manhole, he starts to die. Modern society whizzing above him has already killed him with its thoughts of untouchability. The government must invest in technology which can greatly reduce the burden on the community. When our engineering colleges are so busy flaunting their prowess in mastering robotic technology, is it so difficult for them to design a state-of-the art heavy- duty sewer cleaning device?

Gurnam Kaur,



Deaths in the drains April 4, 2014

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