Dalit Rights

Dalit Rights Forum

The Objectives of the Dalit Right Forum is to end discrimination based on caste and similarly structural and systemic exclusions which are barriers for the development of the 300 million people around the world. SDGs are the vehicle for the caste affected communities to address their holistic socio-economic development through effective participation in development for Dalit and caste affected communities through disaggregated data and access to development and justice. It aims to unify DWD communities from other parts of the world like Roma (Europe), Burakumin (Japan), Haratin (Mauritania, Mali), Quilombolas (Brazil) and Diaspora (Europe, USA) in addressing SDGs.

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Who are Dalits?

The word ‘Dalit’ comes from the Sanskrit root dal- and means ‘broken, ground-down, downtrodden, or oppressed’.  Those previously known as Untouchables, Depressed Classes, and Harijans are today increasingly adopting the term “Dalit” as a name for themselves.  “Dalit” refers to one’s caste rather than class; it applies to members of those menial castes which have born the stigma of “untouchability” because of the extreme impurity and pollution connected with their traditional occupations.  Dalits are ‘outcastes’ falling outside the traditional four-fold caste system consisting of the hereditary Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra classes; they are considered impure and polluting and are therefore physically and socially excluded and isolated from the rest of society. Dalits represent a community of 170 million in India, constituting 17% of the population.  One out of every six Indians is Dalit, yet due to their caste identity Dalits regularly face discrimination and violence which prevent them from enjoying the basic human rights and dignity promised to all citizens of India.  Caste-based social organization extends beyond India, finding corollaries in Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, as well as other countries outside of South Asia (see below).  More than 260 million people worldwide suffer from this “hidden apartheid” of segregation, exclusion, and discrimination.