Indian women scavengers to visit United Nations

ZeeNews India – Friday 25 April, 2008

Agra, April 25: Usha Chomar is among two dozen women scavengers from India who have battled social odds, stepped out of their traditional vocation – manually carrying human waste – and are now getting ready to visit the United Nations.

Chomar, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, will be taken to the UN General Assembly in the first week of July. A book on the success stories of these women will be released there before ministers and officials from 150 countries.

Born in Deeg in Bharatpur district, 50 km from Agra, Chomar’s life in a way exemplifies the change that is sweeping through the countryside. She speaks in Hindi interspersed with a few words of English and this linguistic mix is an evidence of a paradigm shift in her life. . .

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