Wednesday, 13 March 2013


‘Maila Mukti' refers to freedom for those involved in the practice of carrying human excreta of others on their head since generations, yatra had started on 30th November 2012 from Bhopal .
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. 

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.

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
3. Bihar
4. Jharkhand
5. Wes Bangle 
6. Orissa
7. Chhattisgarh 
8. Andhra Pradesh
9. Tamil Nadu
10. Karnataka 
11. Maharashtra 
12. Gujarat
13. Rajasthan 
14. Haryana 
15. Punjab 
16. Himachal Pradesh
17. Uttarakhand
18. Delhi 

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