Tuesday, February 13, 2007

India is failing to protect its lower castes who are routinely attacked and shunned because of their social status

Mark Williams:

New York-based Human Rights Watch said more than 165 million Dalits -- once known as untouchables -- were "condemned to a lifetime of abuse simply because of their caste".

"Dalits endure segregation in housing, schools, and access to public services," the report titled "Hidden Apartheid: Caste Discrimination against India's Untouchables" said.

"They are denied access to land, forced to work in degrading conditions and routinely abused at the hands of the police and upper-caste community members who enjoy the state's protection."

Dalits make up around 160 million of mainly Hindu India's 1.1-billion population. Despite efforts to tackle prejudice, the age-old caste hierarchy still divides society.

Last week, an official commission found India's police and legal system had failed "deplorably" to protect those at the bottom of the social ladder and suggested exclusive courts be set up to ensure speedy justice.

Tuesday's report was prepared with the help of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University.

It said caste-motivated killings and rapes were a daily occurrence in India, and that 58,000 cases were registered between 2001 and 2002 under legislation designed to protect lower castes and tribal groups.

Human Rights Watch said 2005 government figures suggested a crime was committed against a Dalit every 20 minutes.

"International scrutiny is growing and with it the condemnation of abuses resulting from the caste system and the government's failure to protect dalits," said Brad Adams, the group's Asia director.

"India needs to mobilise the entire government and make good on its paper commitments to end caste abuses. Otherwise, it risks pariah status for its homegrown brand of apartheid."

The report detailed specific instances of abuse. It said Dalits were still forced to perform jobs considered too "polluting" for others -- 1.3 million dalits, mostly women, were employed to remove human waste from pit latrines manually.

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At 8:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats so retarded...........

The article links are pretty stupid too.
Dailts form only 5-10% of the entire indian population.

To say that Dalits are being victimized by high castes is a fallacy nowadays.

They are merely being persecuted by backward and most backward castes as they need to be politically termed.

High castes like brahmins have been overthrown in the socio-political heirarchy in the last 80's.

In places like South India, Dalits rule. Reservations in education,jobs,everythiung have been provided for them.
Exams have been manipulated so that dalits can pass w/o attending them....

I think Dalits just want the Govt and the World to give them everything free w/o working hard for it........

An high caste student has to score
298/300 to enter the top university in india. Whereas a Dalit has to score only 160/300 to enter the university.

They have reservations in jobs and everything else.

I think its time they stopped bitching and working.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous pjgoober said...

"India needs to mobilise the entire government and make good on its paper commitments to end caste abuses. Otherwise, it risks pariah status for its homegrown brand of apartheid."

India get international pariah status like South Africa did? Please. They are non-white so they will always get a pass.

At 12:53 PM, Anonymous Howard said...

They are non-white so they will always get a pass

But I think the Dalits are darker than other Indians so liberals can still play the race card.


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