ARTICLE 17 : “Untouchability Because The Goddess Said So”

"Upper" castes believe that the oppression of the caste system is ordained by the gods and goddesses themselves. They force Dalit workers who work in their farms to bring their own glasses from home for drinking water. Their children are allowed to play with Dalit children but once they return from the playground, the "upper" caste children sprinkle water on themselves as a 'purifying' ritual. 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.

Video Volunteers Correspondent Arranges Food for Waste Pickers in Nashik, Maharashtra

 
/ June 26, 2020

Maya Khodve, a community correspondent from Nashik worked to provide food and relief for people affected by lockdown.

Ration Cards Promised in 7 Days But Bihar Villagers Still Waiting After 2 months

 
/ June 23, 2020

Villagers from the West Champaran district of Bihar are suffering due to lack of ration cards and are unable to fully benefit from free ration schemes distributed by the government

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