An upper caste boy raped a girl and her mother, along with other 4 men. The girl belonged to lower caste and was not allowed to be involved in a relationship with someone belonging to the upper caste. So, they broke in the girl’s home late at night and started beating her and her mother and then brutally gang-raped them. The girl and her mother tried committing suicide after this heinous crime against them but the neighbours saved them.
”Sexual violence against Dalit women is a systemic way of enforcing status quo of the Dalits” quotes the Status report of the working group on Human rights in India and the UN, 2012. Despite the fact that in India, the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act bars violence against Dalits , dalit women have been main targets of caste-based rape and violence for over centuries.
This video by Mani Manickem highlights the plight of lower caste women who are disabled twice: by virtue of being a woman and for being born in a lower caste.
In India, we continue to practice manual scavenging, a derogatory practice, confined to people belonging to lower castes and resulting in their deaths.
One of India’s biggest religious hubs, Puri, is also a hub for atrocities against Dalits by upper caste individuals.