Manual Scavengers of Lucknow

Manual scavengers, the living ghosts noticed only by dogs, haul human waste from households with dry latrines and dump it in a nearby drain.

And yes, we have such people in today’s India which sent a probe to the Mars and is planning on a space mission of its own.

Note: None of the captions are the words of the people in the photograph. Those captions are my perception and interpretation of the pain these people have gone through and go through every living moment. Please don’t use my photographs or the captions to inflict further pain on these victims.

Acknowledgement: The production of this photo-essay is funded by Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) grant supported by USAID and administered by US NAS