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Amitabh Bachchan stands for the support of manual scavengers who work without getting basic humane treatment. Wikimedia commons

Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan feels manual scavenging is an unconstitutional act and has pledged to join any campaign that works for the benefit of such workers.

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In 2003, Bezwada and the SKA initiated the filing of a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India. SKA and 18 other civil society organizations, manual scavengers and individuals signed the affidavit as litigants naming all states and government departments of Railways, Defence, Judiciary and Education as violators of the Manual Scavenging Prohibition Act. Wikimedia Commons

Bezwada Wilson was born in 1966 in the Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Karnataka in Southern India. His organization, Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), is an Indian human rights organization that works for the eradication of manual scavenging and also, campaigns for the construction, employment, and operation of manual scavenger which has been illegal since 1993.

Ashoka Foundation had nominated him a Senior Fellow, recognizing his work at SKA, a community-driven movement. He was also honoured with the Raman Magsaysay Award on 27th July 2016.

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