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They are, now, equal.

In 1957, marginalised Valmikis were brought to J&K by govt. to quell union protest & clean streets.

3 generations later but no Permanent Residence Certificate, STILL forced to work as Safai Karamcharis.

Heartwrenching stories follow-
Listen to this man crying. #Article35A

"I am Sanitation worker. Remained hungry, saved money to take her to exam centre. She cleared but was denied due to PRC Residency."

He worked as Sanitation worker - with low wages, in hope for children future. Family not allowed a Govt job
20-year-old Radhika wants to join @BSF_India
She cleared physical test but was denied on state-recruitment basis. As No PRC.

Can she be accepted now?

Sitting with her father. He worked hard to help fulfil her dreams, not a possibility in his lifetime.

"Today I am free. Aug 5 is my Independence Day"

Eklavya dreamt of becoming a lawyer. But soon realised he can not. #Article370 #Article35A

"Resident certificate was required for legal practice. I had to quit. I now do odd contract jobs," said Eklavya.
272 families were brought from Punjab. Today, Valmiki population is around 8,000 people in Jammu region. #Article370Scrapped

Bhatti- My grandfather was brought from Punjab to clean streets - as garbage collected on Jammu roads. (A protest of employees had continued for months). We were promised rights.

But, later we realised citizenship was denied #Jammu #Kashmir #Article370 #Valmikis #SafaiKaramchari
11-year-old अनादि : I want to become an advocate. I was told we can never get jobs due to special status. But now we can also get work."

He will be first in 3 generations to take a job he aims for. #Article370Scrapped #jammu #kashmir
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