There are over 12,700 manual scavengers in 13 states despite manual scavenging been banned four years ago. Manual scavenging was banned in 2013.
The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013 had deemed manual scavenging illegal.
Upcoming documentary film Kakkoos, directed by Divya Bharathi, portrays the plight of manual scavengers. An official song from the movie was released on Youtube Thursday.
The powerful song captures the shameful practice of manual scavenging that is still prevalent in India.
Watch the song: