Housekeeping

Bengaluru: Three hospital workers force 53-year-old Dalit maintenance staff to manually clean sewers, booked

The report states that there has been no comment from hospital management in this regard. (Representative image) | Photo credit: iStock Images

Highlights

  • Three hospital staff were arrested by police for forcing the 53-year-old to unblock the sewers
  • The victim identified as Daivadeenam, 53, has been a permanent employee at CMH hospital for over 21 years.

Bangalore: In a shocking incident reported in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, a Dalit maintenance staff member of the Chinmaya Mission Hospital (CMH) was reportedly forced to clean the sewers on the hospital premises. Three hospital staff were arrested by police for forcing the 53-year-old to unblock the sewers.

The victim identified as Daivadeenam, 53, has been a permanent employee at CMH hospital for over 21 years.

Initially, the victim refused to go down the sewer and clean it up after his supervisor asked him to do so. However, he was threatened with losing his job by senior officials and forced to unblock the sewers, according to an article in The Times of India.

Police have now booked housekeeping supervisor Raja D and administrator Gilbert under section 3 (1) (j) of the SC / ST law and sections 7,8,9 of the 2013 law on the prohibition of manual cleaning and rehabilitation.

Karnataka social workers filed a complaint on December 15 on behalf of Daivadeenam. The case is being investigated by an official from the Halasuru police station.

In his complaint, the victim said that when he refused to clean the sewer, management told him it was his duty to perform a manual sweep.

“The victim approached us on December 9, a week after the incident. Initially, he refused to do the job citing poor health and age. with Samta Sainik Dal.

Meanwhile, other hospital maintenance staff confirmed that the man was still being asked to clean the toilets and other rubbish at the hospital.

The report states that there has been no comment from hospital management in this regard.