Untouchability: Mid-wives excluded from celebrations

Most midwives in India belong to the Dalit community. Once the child is born, however, the touch of a midwife is deemed unacceptable to the mother and child. Celebrations of the birth continue without her participation. At most, she is invited but will be kept away from the festivities and fed separately in a place outside, where no one can see her.

Article 17 of the Indian Constitution; make the practice of untouchability a punishable offence. But Untouchability is still practised in several small villages of India. This video is part of a series meant to urge the National Commission for Schedule Castes, which is the government body that is constitutionally appointed to direct and implement the safeguards against untouchability, to prosecute cases of untouchability.

 

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