India: Deprived, sweepers seek permission for mass suicide

Ahmedabad, November 2 : Sweepers from the Valmiki and Dalit community of Gandhinagar have written to the President of India, Pratibha Patil, requesting her to permit them to commit mass suicide. 

Deprived of proper wages, housing, sanitation and other basic amenities, about 35 sweepers have signed the petition for mass self-immolation.  (…)

As many as 94 labourers have been involved in this campaign, but it has had little impact on the government.

The workers have been toiling hard for years to manage two meals a day and educate their children.

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