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Photo gallery: Manual scavengers in India clear toilets by hand

Published on Nov 20, 2012 5:11 PM

With both hands holding the basket of human excrement on her head, widowed grandmother Kela walks through a stream of sewage, up a mound of waste and then dumps the filth while cursing.

She and around 20 other women in the village of Nekpur, 60 km from New Delhi but a world away from its relative wealth, remove the contents of toilets daily using just their hands and a plastic shovel.