Historical Nationwide March “Maila Mukti Yatra”
Started Yesterday to Call for Total Eradication of Inhuman Slavery
Yatra flagged off by Liberated Dalit Women Scavenger, Union Minister, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Eminent Social Activists
During the event, 5,000 liberated women took oath of Ending Manual Scavenging Practice by social Movement. Union Minister of Panchayat and Rural Development promised that new law will be formulated for eradication of manual scavenging very soon and also announced rehabilitation package for manual scavenger under the National Rural Livelihood Mission and through Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, 1,500 crores will be allocated to build new flush toilets and abolish dry toilets from the country. Madhya Pradesh State government expressed their commitment to eradicate the practice of manual scavenging.
On 30thNovemeber 2012, Maila Mukti Yatra was launched in Bhopal with resolution of total eradication of manual scavenging practice in India. It aims at covering 18 states, 200 districts in 63 days. Around 10,000 liberated women will participate in the Yatra to appeal with a target of 50,000 manual scavengers to stop the practice.
A strugle for freedom and Liberation:maila mukti yatra 2009
‘Maila Mukti' refers to freedom for those involved in the practice of carrying human excreta of others on their head since generations.
The practice of manual scavenging is continuing in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from backward states to developed states. Even after making a law to abolish it in 1993 and extending the time limit 8 times by government, this practice has been continuing. Various individuals and organization have been making efforts to abolish this practice since more than one century and they have used various methods to do this. One of the tools we identified during our work was that the women engaged in the practices take the decision that “I will not do this work from today. I condemn it”. This strategy proved to be successful in our campaign and till now, thousands of women have decided to get free from this practice. Through these freed women, we have been success full in spreading the message to more than 50 districts. Freed women becomes role model for other women as well.
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Reports and Documents
The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012
This is scanned copy of which is presented by Mr. Mukul Vasnik, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment (Government of India) in the India Parliament
We are very happy to the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment presented bill "The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012" in (Lok Sabha) on 3rd September 2012.
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maila mukti refers to freedom for those involved in the practise of carrying human excreta of other since generation yatra had started on 30th November 2012 from Bhopal
Maila Mukti Yatra will start from Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and will culminate in New Delhi. The Yatra will cover 18 states of India –
1. Madhya Pradesh
2. Uttar Pradesh
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8. Andhra Pradesh
9. Tamil Nadu
16. Himachal Pradesh