A recent study, based on quantitative analysis and qualitative fieldwork, finds Muslims and Dalits are facing the worst residential segregation in Indian cities, relegating them to spaces with poor public services like piped water and sewage.
Usha comes from a conservative south Tamil Nadu district where a girl child is treated as a liability and female foeticide is common.
While official data shows spike in sexual crimes against oppressed caste women, report says access to justice is limited, especially in rural areas.
It can take anywhere between half a day to three months for Dalit survivors of sexual violence – or the families of victims – to get a first information report (FIR) registered with the police, as per a recent joint report of two collectives, the National Council of Women Leaders (NCWL) and the Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network (DHRDN).
Lower-caste cleaners must wear GPS-enabled smartwatches, raising questions about their privacy and data protection.
Dalit activists say the government’s Public Distribution System of food grains often excludes the marginalised community.
Continuing atrocities against Dalit Christians
The issue of paid domestic work and how it has been performed by oppressed caste women hardly comes up in mainstream feminist discourses.
It has been 11 months since Cyclone Gaja devastated the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu. Rehabilitation programmes worth Rs 1,164 crore (around $161 million) are being unpacked across the state’s several affected districts.
There needs to be data that links social groups to different behaviours and risk factors to mortality, says Sangita Vyas