Archive | Caste-based slavery

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 […]

Caste at the root of India and Mauritania’s position as top global slavery offenders

The Global Slavery Index 2014, released by the Walk Free Foundation, singles out India as the country in the world with the most slaves and sees caste at the root of slavery in India. Caste-affected Mauritania tops the Index on percentage of the population in slavery.

December 3rd, 2014|Caste-based slavery, Pakistan|

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|

HRW Report: Cleaning Human Waste: Manual Scavenging, Caste, and Discrimination in India

Important new report, Cleaning Human Waste: "Manual Scavenging," Caste, and Discrimination in India, released by Human Rights Watch. Press Release from Human Rights Watch: India: Caste Forced to Clean Human Waste

August 25th, 2014|Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India, Manual Scavenging|

Indian Minister says that manual scavenging persisists and the implementation of the manual scavenging act is being monitored

In a written reply to the Indian House of Parliament (Lok Sabha), the Indian Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, said that the practice of manual scavenging still persists in various parts of the country. He added that because previous laws banning the practice had proved inadequate, parliament had enacted the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the implementation of which is now be monitored.

August 14th, 2014|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|

Dalit girls exploited in India’s garment industry

A new report finds that Dalit girls in India's garment industry live in hostels, with little freedom of movement, are underpaid for long working-days and working under hazardous conditions.

April 20th, 2014|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women|

A landmark judgement in the fight to eradicate manual scavenging

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that the continuance of manual scavenging in the country is in blatant violation of Article 17 of the Constitution of India by which, “untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden”. The court was emphatic about the duty cast on all states and union territories “to fully implement the law and to take action against the violators”.

March 31st, 2014|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, Manual Scavenging|

New Manual Scavenging Legislation: New Hope and New Challenges

India is introducing new manual scavenging legislation meant to eradicate the humiliating practice of manual scavenging, which perseveres despite being outlawed for decades. Indian civil society are welcoming the initiative to introduce new legislation, but are flagging that the proposed draft legislation is missing critical necessary aspects that must be included before legislation is introduced on the 6th December.

December 4th, 2013|Access to justice, Caste-based slavery, India, Manual Scavenging|