Caste Discrimination and Dalit Children: An Over View of India

Type Working Paper - Afro Asian Journal of Anthropology and Social Policy
Title Caste Discrimination and Dalit Children: An Over View of India
Volume 4
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 139-147
India has the largest democracy and longest written constitution in the world, and also rising great power in terms of its growth and development in the contemporary world affairs. At the same time, Indian ‘caste system’, which is based on division of works by birth, which also a socially constructed hierarchy system whereby restrictions, privileges or rights are determined by birth. ‘Dalit’ or ‘Sudras’ have been worst sufferers in this exploitative social order, and subjects to untouchability and prejudice in various forms despite these being declared unlawful by the constitution. Indian laws contain extensive protection against such discrimination, but the government still fails to enforce its domestic and international obligations to ensure Dalit rights. Although Indian Constitution prohibits any forms of discrimination and guarantees Fundamental Rights, which are inviolable, still in the real life of its implications is worthless. The study addresses about the caste discrimination with Dalit children in the various educational institutions from primary to higher education and also highlights failure of the government mechanism to stop these unlawful activities. The paper ends with some suggestions to end this caste discrimination with Dalit children in various educational institutions.

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