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Would you clean a sewer without protective gear? If you belong to the upper-castes, chances are you don’t even think about such a situation. This is why the law that makes cleaning sewers without protective gear illegal says this practice arises out of caste system. Manual scavenging, the term used for this practice killed more than even terrorism in 2016, activists say.
Freedom from this inhuman practice is a privilege that upper-castes enjoy. In fact, access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), which is also linked to healthcare, as a whole also depends on a variety of socio-economic factors.