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Plea in Supreme Court seeks provision of COVID-19 protective gear for Safai Karamcharis

The petition attempts to shed light on the "vulnerable" segment battling the COVID-19 crisis, the safai karamcharis.

Debayan Roy

With the increasing demand for protective gear for healthcare workers in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, a petition in the Supreme Court attempts to draw light on another vulnerable segment battling the crisis, the safai karamcharis (sanitation workers).

A writ petition filed in the Supreme Court states that sanitation workers are performing the essential service of cleaning and handling household waste without any protective gear, especially when they are not aware if they are working in an area which has Coronavirus infected patients.

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