Mumbai: The Tashree High Court on Friday slammed the state government for failing to address the inhumane practice of manual scavenging by human labor despite strict laws. The court also ordered the state government to pay Rs 10 lakh each to the families of the three janitors who died while cleaning the drainage tank of a housing society in Govandi two years ago.
It also details how many janitors have died while cleaning the sewage since 1993, whether their families have been compensated by the government, whether such workers were inspected in the state after the 2013 law prohibiting this inhumane practice and if so, what measures have been taken to rehabilitate them. The court ordered. The court also asked him to explain what happened in the case filed in the Govandi case.
The wives of three cleaners who died in Govandi in December 2019 He had moved the high court through Isha Singh seeking an order from the state government seeking compensation. Justice A bench of justices Ujjal Bhuyan and Madhav Jamdar on Friday directed the Mumbai Suburban District Collector to pay Rs 10 lakh each to the petitioners within four weeks.
The court also clarified that the district collector would recover the amount of compensation from those responsible for the deaths of the three cleaners. Prosecutor Purnima Kantharia told the court that the company for which the cleaners were working had deposited checks of Rs 1 lakh each in the names of the petitioners after the incident. The court then clarified that the check and the remaining amount of compensation would be paid by the District Collector to the petitioners.
The 2013 law clarifies that the state governments should take utmost care to eradicate the inhumane practice of manual cleaning of dirt from the society. But despite such strict legal motives, this inhuman and shameful practice still continues. Many courts, including the Supreme Court, have made it clear from time to time that it is disgraceful and shameful for the lower echelons of society to carry out the dangerous task of cleaning sewage tanks. Therefore, the state government is committed to eradicate this inhuman practice permanently. It is also the responsibility of the government to destroy it.