TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The relatives of thousands of Indians who died cleaning sewers protested in the capital on Tuesday, aiming to stop the practice of workers entering underground conduits to unclog drains and remove waste with their bare hands.
Hundreds of protesters shouted slogans accusing the government of delaying compensation for sewer deaths, while others waved banners saying they came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes his “Swachh Bharat,” or “Clean India”, program.
“I lost my only son,” said Saroj, a mother among the protesters, who hails from the northern city of Ludhiana in Punjab. “He went into the sewers and never came out. How long will these deaths continue?”