On Monday, Aamir Khan met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and raised the issue of the plight of manual scavengers in the country.
Aamir called on the prime minister at his residence at 7, Race Course Road (New Delhi) and sought that the practice be done away with.
Later, in a joint press conference with Mukul Wasnik, the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Aamir said “Mukulji has assured me that he will work towards putting an end to this problem. The ministry is already working on the issue and he says that they will put an end to this soon”
Wasnik was all praise for Aamir “We are happy that Aamir has brought this topic into limelight. We believe that every citizen should have the right to live a life of dignity. The fact that even today, a section of our society works as manual scavengers, it is unfortunate for not only the society but for entire nation. The Government of India is working towards resolving this issue and PM has also turned his attention towards it”
On the 10th episode of Satyamev Jayate, Aamir had highlighted the issue of ‘caste system’. One part of the show was about how the lower caste people, including young children in schools, are made to clean toilets and carry human waste.