“Untouchability was abolished...but this is a question to everyone. Do you even shake hands with manual scavengers? The answer is no. That is the way we are going on. We have moved 70 years since Independence but these things are still happening. This is most inhuman to treat the human beings like this,” the three Judge Bench said.
The court further went on to say that the government had a big role to play in improving the condition of manual scavengers, and must give them equal opportunities.
Responding to the court’s observation, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the three-Judge Bench that there was a need to develop the law of torts in the country.
“The real problem is that there is no tort law practiced in this country. The Magistrate has the jurisdiction, but not a single case has been filed suo-motu,” Venugopal said.