Neeru Rathod is the 8th child in a family of 11 girls born to a Dalit construction worker in Surendranagar district of Gujarat, one of the most feudal and caste-ridden regions of India. Circumstances were difficult growing up but she found her path in 2006, when Video Volunteers and the NGO Navsarjan selected her to be part of a Community…
Dalits cannot fill water into their own pots at the water tank. They have to wait patiently until an "upper" caste person obliges to fill their pot for them "from above" (making sure they don't touch the Dalit or the pots they are filling). The "upper" castes maintain that the touch of a Dalit may 'pollute' the water tank.
ARTICLE 17A Campaign to End UntouchabilityARTICLE 17 is a campaign launched by Video Volunteers on April 14th, 2012, to urge the National Commission for Schedule Castes, (the government body that is constitutionally appointed to direct and implement the safeguards against untouchability), to prosecute cases of untouchability. Community Correspondents across the country are documenting video testimonies of different forms of untouchability. The first 22 videos are featured here and more will be added as the campaign continues.
We want to give viewers the responsibility, as witnesses, to end this age-old oppression once and for all.
Sign the petition being sent to the National Commission on Scheduled Castes.