The Straits Times
Published on Nov 20, 2012

Photo gallery: Manual scavengers in India clear toilets by hand


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.