“Media has to work effectively towards removing manual scavenging,” said Ramon Magsaysay awardee and national convenor of Safai Karmachari Andholan Bezwada Wilson, showcasing the pathetic condition of the safai karmacharis in the country.
He was speaking after inaugurating the ‘Press Day’ organised by Mysore District Journalists Association at Nagapura Girijana Ashrama Shale in Hunsur, on Sunday.
“Manual scavenging is spreading like virus and it is still alive despite creating much awareness about it. More than 1.6 lakh dalits are working as manual scavengers in the country of which 92% are women. Poverty and lack of education are the main reasons that this system still exists in the society,” he said.
“The scheduled caste people in North India are engaged in manual scavenging and are paid Rs 30 per month. Caste system also plays a significant role in this regard. A movement will be launched to eradicate manual scavenging in the country and I seek media’s help to highlight the issue and create awareness among the people in removing this social evil,” Wilson said.
MP R Dhruvanarayan said that the media gives more importance to politics as many politicians are entering the media and suggested that the media should showcase the plight of rural populace and report facts without fear.
On the occasion, Mysore District Journalist Association donated Rs 1 lakh to Girijana Haadi to establish drinking water unit. Vincent D’souza, principal correspondent of ‘The New Indian Express’ was conferred with best English reporter award. Vinay Doddakoppal of Prajanudi, S R Madhusudhan, Photographer of Udayavani, Ravi Pandavapura, and Pramod Prabhu of Suvarna News were the others who were awarded in their respective fields.