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.
References to caste issues UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) review of India (2-3 June 2014) in the 66th session of the Committee
References to Caste-Based Discrimination in the Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) review of the consolidated third and fourth periodic reports of India.
"Children from the SC/ST categories are routinely segregated from other children, made to sit and eat separately; food cooked by SC/ST cooks is often refused by many children or their parents. There are also cases where Dalit students are served from a distance, and several students bring their own plates for fear of utensils being touched by Dalit classmates. Instances of gender discrimination as well with only girls being made to serve meals in some schools, reports have revealed."
By C. Jaisankar
Nepal: Dalit students drop our of high school before reaching their final exam - school records reveal.
Human Rights Watch Report: India’s marginalized denied education 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.
Dalit girls exploited in India's garment industry A new report finds that Dalit girls in India's garment industry live with very limited freedom of movement, are underpaid for long working-days and working under hazardous conditions. Despite efforts to curb the ‘Sumangali Scheme’ exploiting young Dalit girls – it continues unabated.
In Sumangali employment schemes, young, unmarried, predominantly dalit women (60%) are employed in garment manufacturing units to enable their families to pay their dowries. In reality, schemes such as this translate to bonded labour. Wages are paid only when workers complete a 3-5 year contract period.
How casteism is expressed in schools, and how it perpetuates inequalities
Urgent Appeal by the AHRC
Authorities culpable over failure to provide Tharparkar region with adequate healthcare and infrastructure, claim NGOs. By Zofeen Ebrahim
Over 100 children have died in this last drought and the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity Network have issued a press release calling for action to address the cause of these humanitarian catastrophes in Thar and find sustainable solutions to protect Dalits in future.
After meeting India's sumangali girls I will never look at cute, cheap clothes the same way again. "Workers themselves hardly ever report abuse, in part because many come from lower castes, including the dalit, or untouchables." By Dana Liebelson
”Discrimination faced by children on the basis of caste, ethnicity and disability continues to be one of the biggest challenges in our country,” says an Indian Child Rights Defender in the report published by Save the Children. Read caste extracts from the report here.