Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and has a “devastating, irreversible impact” on their well-being. But the conversation around child rights has only gained momentum in India the past few decades.
Inter-caste marriages reinforce casteist principles in insidious ways when lower caste spouses are forced to curate their lifestyle, food habits, and demeanour to match those of the dominant caste culture.
Caste endogamy is the defining feature of the hierarchical concept of caste and has stayed immutable through time immemorial. This perpetuation of caste supremacy via the concept of purity is primarily preserved today through the institution of marriage—especially arranged marriages.
Organizing the working class without addressing the caste issue is a shrewd way of the privileged caste Communists to pave a way to maintain their grasp over power in the name of proletariats while the marginalized and underprivileged continue to languish in the prison of caste.
The clamour for the death penalty in the December 2012 case started early. While few people sought to avenge the act, the popular argument has been that the death penalty will deter gender-based violence.
Listen actively to Dalit feminists. Respond with feminist love & solidarity rather than with indifference, defensiveness or opposition. Acknowledge your caste privilege. Do not constantly centre only your own feelings, experiences or perspectives. Do not speak for Dalit feminists. D