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India: Karnataka High Court Demands Compliance on Laws Against Manual Scavenging

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


HC , Manual Scavenging

The Karnataka High Court has demanded compliance to the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013. The court went on to warn that the respective District Magistrates could be charged with contempt since these are the officials responsible for implementation of the same. Hearing a petition filed by a trade union on an incident where two persons died allegedly while being made to manual scavenging, the court said that the actions by the state is not satisfactory since only the compensation and causal appointment to the legal heirs have been done and the benefits flowing out of the act has not reached the beneficiaries. The court gave a time slot of 30 days for the police to investigate a similar incident, and the respective district magistrates were summoned to be present on October 4th. Furthermore, the court has asked the State to file a compliance report within four weeks.