Caste

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India’s caste system is one of the world’s oldest forms of social stratification. Its most egregious manifestation is untouchability, which deems certain people “impure” and forces them into a life apart. Despite the fact that caste discrimination has been illegal in India since 1950, untouchability is still a part of modern Indian society.  

Since 2010, Video Volunteers has been documenting untouchability across the length and breadth of the country.  Correspondents have reported extensively on caste discrimination and caste violence There are reports on ‘manual scavenging,’ the inhumane caste-based occupation of cleaning and handling human excreta from dry latrines and sewers. There are testimonies of Dalit farmers whose crops or homes are burnt simply because of their caste; of tribal leaders killed for protesting their rights; young students forced to do maintenance jobs in schools because of their Dalit background.

These reports form the basis of a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court, filed by the Human Rights Law Network, which demands that the government take proactive steps to implement the constitutional prohibition of untouchability. VV’s reports are a unique record, in part because untouchability itself is often hidden from public view, and thus can only be captured by someone from the community.

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Dalit Homes Burn While ‘Upper’ Caste Arsonists Roam Scot Free

 
/ August 11, 2017

A dozen Dalit houses were torched after electoral defeat of ‘upper’ castes in Odisha village. The police, instead of making arrests, are protecting the accused.

Dalit students discriminated in a school from Gujarat

 
/ May 27, 2016

Discrimination against Dalits is in the educational system is a widespread problem across Indian states. The students are often alienated socially in their classrooms. They are victims of physical abuse by classmates and educators, from primary education to university. A glaring example of this discrimination was captured in Gujarat’s Surendranagar...

ARTICLE 17: Our First Call to the National Commission of Scheduled Castes

 
/ March 7, 2017

ARTICLE 17 is a campaign launched by Video Volunteers on April 14th, 2012, to urge the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, to prosecute cases of untouchability.

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Witch-Hunting: A Dark Spell on India

 
/ March 8, 2017

Think witch-hunting is a thing of the past? Think again.

Escape from Trafficking: 16 year old rescued from trafficking racket

 
/ September 17, 2015

Behulia Paharin of Boriya village, Sahebgani went missing in May 2014. Correspondent Shikha made a video about the issue and showed it to Boriya police officers but no action was taken.

What does it take to make the government work?

 
/ January 16, 2015

January 16; Darbhanga, Bihar Most often, to get the government machinery working, all that is required is a nudge in right direction. For many in India’s poorest communities factors like caste and class stand in the way of approaching officials and getting things done. It was therefore that nobody in...

Impact: Procuring the Right to Food

 
/ November 14, 2014

Community Correspondent Arti Bai Valmiki’s report got the administration to improve the quality of Midday Meals for 237 students in the primary school of Batiagarh District of Madhya Pradesh. “We don’t get rotis to eat at home, so we come to school in hope of food,” a student of the...

Babasaheb is Angry

 
/ April 14, 2015

Babasaheb is angry. As I look up at a large photo of his on the wall in front of me; his thick, black eyebrows are knitted together, eyes scowling through spectacles. I can almost feel the disappointment that fills the air. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, the principal architect of the Indian...