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  • The ‘Crime in India’ reports released by the National Crime Records Bureau. Over the last two years doesn’t provide data on scavenging cases.
  • It failed in providing details on cases filed under Prohibition of employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) act of 2013.
Details on Manual Scavenging report

The ‘Crime in India’ reports unveiled by NCBR(National Crime Records Bureau) for 2017 and 2018. But continue to fail in giving details on cases filed under the Prohibition of employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) act of 2013.

A separate column mentioning the number of cases registered for offences related to manual scavenging was available. It was under Special and Local Laws(SLL) section until 2015. In 2016, the bureau stated that including the data on manual scavenging and 10 more SLL cases as the only a handful of cases are reported.

It is another problem that even NCRB’s report released in 2015 mentioned the Employment of manual scavengers. And dry latrines Act of 1993 instead of PMESR that got implemented in 2013.

As per the reports of 2018, the NCRB has gone back on its decision taken in 2016. And has decreased the cases under ‘other SLL cases’.

In the report that came out in 2017, the director of the NCRB Ram Phal Pawar said, “Owing to the detailed data collection pro forma. The crimes under ‘Other SLL cases’ have been reduced to have better clarity.”

With this move, almost 20 acts that were included under the ‘other SLL acts’ were mentioned separately. In the reports published in 2017-18. The acts included The Telegraph Wire Unlawful Possession Act of 1950. This act didn’t have any cases registered in the year in which it came into force but had 2 of them a year later.

More than 280 deaths in three years.

In reply to Lok Sabha, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment stated that more than 280 cases have been reported in the last three years. This data was given to the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment by Safai Karamcharis. Tamil Nadu was on the rim of the bucket with the death of 40 people.

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