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India: The worst job in the world

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Children in a Dalit village near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Children in a Dalit village near Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Wikimedia commons

One of the worst jobs in the world, has to be the removing by hand of human excrement from toilets. Though this practice was officially banned in 1993, it still persists in many states in India. Latest figures estimate the number of over one million manual scavengers, mostly women from disadvantaged groups like the Dalits, or Untouchables, who carry away the waste, known as "night soil," in baskets placed on their heads.

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