ARTICLE 17: “Untouchability At Water Tanks”

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 17 A Campaign to End Untouchability ARTICLE 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.

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