In the last five years of the Modi government, there has been no movement even on assistance and rehabilitation of manual scavengers. In fact, in the interim budget, the Centre has reduced by more than half the allocation for rehabilitating manual scavengers.
According to the Dalits who spent months in jail, the police specifically asked people their caste and arrested them even if they weren't involved in the Bharat Bandh protest.
Arrested during nationwide protests in April, called by Dalit organisations, the juveniles' families have stated that the boys were picked up by police only because they were Dalits standing up for their rights. “My son’s only crime is that he is a Dalit,” says the father of one of the boys. “We thought that if our son studied well, the family’s fortune would change for the better. But now they have pressed so many charges against him that his whole life will become embroiled in it.” News site The Wire has covered this story and IDSN members in India are currently conducting fact-finding in relation to this case.
Dalit Rights Activists Slam Budget, Say Allocation for SC/STs in Violation of Jadhav Guidelines
Domestic servitude inflicted on Dalits, the ‘untouchable’ lowest Indian caste, was supposed to have been made illegal in Britain. Why hasn’t the law been implemented?
Despite the existence of a unified “Tamil” identity, Sri Lankan Tamil society is rent by caste inequalities and is dived into “Oppressing and Oppressed Castes.”
More than 55 percent of undertrials across India are either Muslims, Dalits or tribals, according to new prison figures from the country’s National Crime Records Bureau for 2015.
The Gujarat police swooped down on Dalit rights leader Jignesh Mevani at the Ahmedabad airport on the evening of 16 September on his return from Delhi, just ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landing for his 66th birthday, falling on the next day. Mevani was picked up for apparently no reason and released later in the dead of the night, at around 3am.
LUDHIANA: Just three months ahead of the assembly polls in Punjab, PM Modi, addressing a public gathering in Ludhiana on Tuesday, said his head hangs in shame every time an atrocity is committed against Dalits. He added that he has called for more focused efforts against "social anomalies."
On the outskirts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home city, the stench from cow carcasses littering the roadside is overpowering as India’s lowest social caste keeps up protests against deep-rooted discrimination.
Gujarat's top Dalit rights organization, Navsarjan Trust, has taken strong exception to a senior Gujarat minister, Atmaram Parmar, in charge of social and justice empowerment department, seeking to “inquire into” the use of funds under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) norms, wondering whether the matter comes under him.
The demands placed during the rally included strict implementation of the Atrocity Act, hearing of Atrocity cases in special courts, capital punishment to Kopardi accused and reservation for Muslims