Tuesday, October 21, 2014

India’s Dalit Women Step out of Their Miseries to Fight for Their Rights

Dalit women at the Action/Dalit Women 2015 event

Women in India’s Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Jharkhand areas have committed to be on the forefront of the Action 2015 campaign.

According to Ashok Bharti, the National Movement of Dalit Women partnered with the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations to launch the Dalit Women mobilization Action 2015 campaign on the International Rural Women’s Day in India on 15th October 2014.

Bharti who is the Chairman of the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations (NACDOR), says Dalit women expressed determination to mobilize hundreds of thousand women across the country to amplify the voice of socially excluded women both locally and globally.

Tha Dalit Women face Exclusion, Public Discrimination and Humiliation in accessing dignified life, to legal redress to claim what is theirs in principle, to equal wages, to decision- making process, and to benefits from government initiated programmes targeted at their welfare.

Mr Ashok Bharti, who also chairs the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) notes in a report generated after the mid October event that in 2011, the literacy rate among Dalit rural women (aged 15 and above) was 52.6 percent, compared with 64.6 percent for non- SC/ST women. 

He adds that the health condition of Dalit Women is alarming with high incidence of maternal mortality and infant mortality, pointing out that the sex ratio of Dalit Women is 922/1000 compared to 927/ 1000 for rest of the population in India.

 “The violation of the Human Rights of the Dalit Women takes extremely demeaning and deplorable forms. Stripping, naked parading, accused of witch craft and black magic, caste abuses, sexual slavery and bondage are some of the few forms that are often employed in the violence against Dalit Women.”  Ashok Bharti

Over 500 women led by Ms. Sumedha Bodh, General Secretary of Rashtriya Dalit Mahila Anodlan converged for the Dalit Women 2015 event in India.

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