Rehabilitating Former Manual Scavengers

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Breaking Free: Rehabilitating Manual Scavengers
Manual scavenging refers to the practice of manually cleaning, carrying, disposing or handling in any manner, human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. It often involves using the most basic of tools such as buckets, brooms and baskets. The practice of manual scavenging is linked to India’s caste system where […]

“They Say We’re Dirty” – Denying an Education to India’s Marginalized 

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Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims are most at risk of dropping out of school and being denied an education in India – states the comprehensive report “They say we’re dirty” – Denying an Education to India’s Marginalised, just released by Human Rights Watch.

The authors of the report interviewed hundreds of students, parents, teachers and officials […]

Cleaning human waste

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“Manual Scavenging,” Caste, and Discrimination in India

AUGUST 25, 2014

This 96-page report documents the coercive nature of manual scavenging. Across India, castes that work as “manual scavengers” collect human excrement on a daily basis, and carry it away in cane baskets for disposal. Women from this caste usually clean dry toilets in homes, while men […]

India Exclusion Report 2013-14 – Centre for Equity Studies

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Read caste-related selected extracts from the India Exclusion Report or download the full report.

The report analyses discrimination across labour, education and housing in India. Within all these areas Dalits, and particularly Dalit women, come out at the bottom of the tables.

“India is inherently prone to exclusion practices that make large quantities of people extremely vulnerable to a […]

Claiming Justice: A Study of Civil Society Organizations’ (CSO) Interventions in Addressing Atrocities Against Dalits and Tribals

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Read the full report here (uploaded to the IDSN website with the permission of NDMJ)

Nazdeek, a legal capacity building organization committed to bringing access to justice close for marginalized communities in India, in collaboration with the National Dalit Movement for Justice  announces the release of the groundbreaking report Claiming Justice: A Study of Civil Society Organizations’ (CSO) Interventions in […]

Violence against Dalit women

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Violence against Dalit women (AIDMAM, 2012, Publication)

Justice Under Trial: Caste Discrimination in Access to Justice before Special Courts

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A comprehensive 2014 report by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NCDHR) finds serious obstacles to Dalits obtaining justice in crimes against them and reports growing impunity when victims are Dalits. The report findings mirror many of the findings in the report Claiming Justice – also from 2014.

Children, Social Exclusion and Development – Access to Health Care and Patterns of Discrimination: A Study of Dalit Children in Selected Villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan (IIDS/UNICEF, 2010, Publication)

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Children, Social Exclusion and Development – Access to Health Care and Patterns of Discrimination: A Study of Dalit Children in Selected Villages of Gujarat and Rajasthan (IIDS/UNICEF, 2010, Publication)

Understanding Untouchability

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Understanding Untouchability – A Comprehensive Study of Practices and Conditions in 1589 Villages by Navsarjan Trust and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights (2010)

Caste-based discrimination is the most complex human rights issue facing India today. To date, the tools used to assess its status have been divided by discipline—human rights, […]