A village oppresses its Dalit community by cutting them off from social, economic and political processes and spaces. The caste system seeks to maintain the status quo of keeping "highs" high and "lows" low. The paranoia of the other castes against Dalits manifests itself in bullying, boycott, force and violence.
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.
The lockdown has severely hit small scale vendors like street food stall owners and farm labourers in Chattisgarh’s Raigad district. Our community correspondent Rajesh Gupta sends us this ground report from Turenga village in Raigarh. In the absence of any work or customers, these small vendors are at home without...
The ongoing lockdown has compelled thousands of people to return to their villages. However, in the absence of public transport, many are forced to arrange for their own vehicles or walk on foot, several hundred kilometres along with their whole family. Video Volunteers community correspondent Amol Lalzare brings to us...