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Violence and Discriminations Done against Dalit Women - A Challenge to Human Rights


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In India, women are considered as Shakti, since mythological times. Goddesses are being worshipped in the major religions of India, but still they are considered as weaker section of the society in India. This raises a lot of question about the attitude and our thinking of our society. Women, usually looked as a weaker sex and forced to play secondary role in the society and are often neglected, discriminated and oppressed. These discrimination and oppression has adversely affected the development process. And the worst hits are the Dalit women, who are oppressed among the oppressed. Their life has world of difference between theory and practice. Government of India abolished untouchibilty but the practice is followed in some part of India. The practice of untouchability had virtually dehumanized a significant section of Indian society, that they lost their persona and all the basic human rights ad fundamental rights. Indian society is a male dominated society, all men dominate women. And so it is very obvious that Dalit women are dominated by both Dalit men and upper caste men also. She has to fight against all kind of atrocities and poverty. Because of this weakness, physical and financial, she has to face two-way struggle- one in house and one outside world- which have both hierarchic and patriarchal system in India.
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Lata Jayraaj
Research Scholar, Cess, Hyderabad.

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In India, women are considered as Shakti, since mythological times. Goddesses are being worshipped in the major religions of India, but still they are considered as weaker section of the society in India. This raises a lot of question about the attitude and our thinking of our society. Women, usually looked as a weaker sex and forced to play secondary role in the society and are often neglected, discriminated and oppressed. These discrimination and oppression has adversely affected the development process. And the worst hits are the Dalit women, who are oppressed among the oppressed. Their life has world of difference between theory and practice. Government of India abolished untouchibilty but the practice is followed in some part of India. The practice of untouchability had virtually dehumanized a significant section of Indian society, that they lost their persona and all the basic human rights ad fundamental rights. Indian society is a male dominated society, all men dominate women. And so it is very obvious that Dalit women are dominated by both Dalit men and upper caste men also. She has to fight against all kind of atrocities and poverty. Because of this weakness, physical and financial, she has to face two-way struggle- one in house and one outside world- which have both hierarchic and patriarchal system in India.

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