Safai Karmachari Andolan
A movement to eradicate manual scavenging in India


We, Safai Karmachari Andolan, shall struggle and build solidarity to reclaim our dignity, equality and human personhood.Through eradicating manual scavenging, we will break the link imposed by the caste system between birth and dehumanizing occupations.



The mission of Safai Karmachari Andolan is the liberation and rehabilitation of all persons engaged in manual scavenging across India from their caste-based hereditary and inhuman occupation. Safai Karmachari Andolan’s major focus is to organize and mobilize the
community around the issues of dignity and rights, accompanied by strategic advocacy and legal interventions.





Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA) is a national movement committed to the total eradication of manual scavenging and the rehabilitation of all scavengers for dignified occupations.

The main reason for the continuation of the practise of manual scavenging is due to the presence of dry latrines. The presence of dry latrine poses a challenge in completing the sanitation chain. In India, a specific group of people are forced to complete this chain – The MANAUAL SCAVENGERS.

Manual scavenging, an occupation which involves cleaning the dry latrines and carrying human excreta, is considered as one of the lowest, polluted and most degrading occupation. The caste system dictates that those born into a particular Dalit sub-caste should engage in manual scavenging and should remain doing so throughout their lives, prohibiting them to lead a dignified life in the community.



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