Archive | Dalit Children

HRW: EU should encourage India to protect Dalits

The European Union should encourage the Indian government to: take immediate steps to eliminate abuses against Dalits; provide concrete plans to implement laws to secure their protection; and uphold its commitment to end manual […]

Series of events held highlighting the situation of Dalits in India

An all India convention of Dalit and Adivasi organizations as well as an event on empowering women and girls were held in New Delhi, climate marches were held in Bihar, in Haryana Dalit children observed […]

December 14th, 2015|Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

New report: Low caste children suffer in India’s cottonseed industry

The report also finds that workers are paid far below minimum wages and are often working to repay their parents debts. The children are made to work 8-12 hours a day. Most are school […]

August 3rd, 2015|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, India|

Experts: Law amendment will push Dalit children out of school and into child labour

Child labour experts are warning that the term ‘family enterprises’ is widely interpreted and a common euphemism for industries such as carpet-weaving, beedi-rolling, gem-polishing, lock-making and matchbox-making.

Shamshad Khan, president of the Centre for Rural […]

May 7th, 2015|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children|

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s 2015 reports raise serious concern over caste discrimination

Failure of state authorities to protect the rights of Dalits
In the India chapter of the Amnesty International 2014-15 report it is noted that “corruption, caste-based discrimination and caste violence remained pervasive,” and that,
“state […]

Report: Dalit girls in modern slavery in India’s textile industry

A new report following up on modern slavery in Indian spinning mills, finds that despite initiatives launched to end conditions of forced labour, the situation remains alarming. Efforts of clothing brands and retailers to end this, lack scale and conviction. Due to their marginalised status and lack of alternative opportunities, the majority of girls working in these factories are Dalits.

October 30th, 2014|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

Caste discrimination, child labour and the Nobel prize

Caste discrimination is a key factor behind child labour in India, home to the highest number of child labourers in the world. This is the message coming from experts on child labour. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, also explains how witnessing caste discrimination as a child spurred on his engagement with fighting for the rights of the most marginalised.

October 23rd, 2014|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, India|

Dalit girls in Nepal particularly vulnerable to child marriage

In an analysis entitled “Nepal: why child marriage persists”, based on findings by Save the Children, World Vision, and Plan, IRIN news highlight that Dalit girls are at particular risk of child marriage in Nepal, and that concerted efforts to change the social welfare for Dalits in Nepal are needed.

September 25th, 2014|Dalit Children, Dalit Women, Nepal|

Global media outrage over rape and hanging of teenage girls in India

The case of the rape and hanging of two girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, widely reported to be Dalits, has caused a global media storm of reports on rape and violence against women in India and the strong links to caste discrimination. Numerous stories have highlighted that India’s ‘rape culture’ and ‘culture of impunity’ will not end until caste discrimination is tackled head on. Leading Human Rights NGOs and the UN have also made statements.

June 12th, 2014|Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

UN experts slam India’s child rights policies (NCDHR press release)

India’s child rights policies came under sharp attack at a crucial meeting of UN experts on 2-3 June in Geneva. The UN Committee on Rights of Child had met to review the progress made under the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its two Optional Protocols in India.

June 4th, 2014|Dalit Children, United Nations|