According to Harnam Singh, the chairman of the Delhi Safai Karamchari Commision, (Delhi cleaners commission) almost 70 per cent of the manual scavengers die on the job. An estimated 61 sewer divers have died in last six months alone.
Even though India banned the practice in 1993, government agencies still use thousands of manual scavengers to clean drains through out India.
According to 2010 data from the United Nations Development Programme, an estimated 37.2 per cent of Indians live below the national poverty line with 68.7 per cent surviving on less than $2 a day.
Poverty line = 贫困线
On the job = 在工作上