Indian activist Bezwada Wilson wins Asia’s Nobel prize


An Indian activist who helped to set up a human rights group campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, a euphemism for disposing of faeces by hand, was awarded Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prize on Wednesday (July 27). The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Bezwada Wilson one of six winners this year, citing his “moral energy and prodigious skill in leading a grassroots movement to eradicate the degrading servitude of manual scavenging in India”. Disposing of faeces from dry toilets and open drains by hand to be carried on the head in baskets to disposal sites, has long been…

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