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November 08, 2010

The peasants are revolting

Hate your job?

India toilet cleaners stage protest over conditions

Hundreds of Indian workers employed to manually clean non-flush toilets have protested in Delhi against their working conditions. [...]

Government figures suggest that about 300,000 low-caste Dalits are still employed in such work.

They are estimated on average to earn less than $4 (£2.50) a month. [...]

Manual "scavenging" - removing human excreta from dry or non-flush toilets - is a centuries-old practice in India.

It is mainly carried out by the Dalits, formerly known as the untouchables, who are at the lowest rung of the Hindu caste system.

Posted by joke du jour at November 8, 2010 06:01 PM

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