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[20 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 20,912 views]
Atrocities against Dalits : Retrospect and Prospect

Atrocities against scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) and untouchability are the natural expressions of the unnatural Indian caste system (ICS). Therefore, a clear understanding of the age-old phenomenon of “untouchability”, which is an integral part and essential feature of the ICS and of the recent phenomenon of atrocities, can only be facilitated by a brief overview of the ancient caste bias and how it works in relation to the SCs and STs and also socially and educationally backward classes (also known as backward classes or other backward classes …

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Khairlanji verdict Whither the Atrocity Act?

Khairlanji — undoubtedly is one of the worst cases of caste atrocity in the history of post-independent India. It provoked the most widespread and the longest agitation of Dalits in protest of a caste crime and also the worst kind of state repression.
Entire world knew about Khairlanji. It’s Bhaiyalal Bhotmange. That his wife Surekha, daughter Priyanka and two sons — Sudhir and Roshan were lynched to death by the caste Hindu mob of the village and their bodies thrown away into a nearby canal. That the body of 17 year-old …

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Right not to be treated as untouchable

While the Indian Constitution guarantees certain fundamental freedoms, under Articles 19(1), 14, 21 with constitutional remedies under Articles 32 and 226, can it be deduced that there is a similar guarantee when it comes to Article 17 relating to untouchability? The Article only says, “untouchability is abolished and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disability arising out of ‘untouchability’ shall be an offence punishable in accordance with law.”
While the Constitution states that it is “abolished”, the reality and factual situation is that untouchability is prevalent …