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Paswan demands stringent law to stop manual scavenging

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and Monday demanded a stringent law to ban manual scavenging, terming the death of five people while cleaning a sewage treatment plant here as heart-rending, shameful and inhuman.

In tweets, Paswan said his party has been demanding for years that be banned and a stringent law be enacted against those who push people into it.

Such a law should have provisions of a 10-year jail term and Rs 50 lakh fine, and it should be invoked against contractors using labourers for manual scavenging, the said.

Five people died Sunday due to asphyxiation after they entered a sewage treatment plant in west Delhi's Moti Nagar area, an said.

It is very painful that such incidents keep happening every month, Paswan said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 16:40 IST