How are lower castes treated? The persistence of the caste system in india despite its illegality - By Henry owens


The Dalit community is the lowest caste in India. As of 1950, discrimination against lower castes was outlawed and by 1989, certain quotas were in place requiring government and educational institutions to hire Dalits. However, despite these laws of equality, castes are far from equal. This Spark Page contains statistics, descriptions of activists, and comparisons all regarding the Dalit community today.

Everyday in the Dalit community:

  • 3 people are murdered
  • 2 women are raped
  • 2 houses are burned down
  • Children are refused food service at school
  • People are forced out of their homes
Caste is not a civil issue. It is a national issue. It is a disease that has affected national integration. But caste violence is seen as crimes by individuals. Leave alone the national media, even the local media is not interested in a caste atrocity.

-Jeya Rani

Jeya Rani is a female, Dalit journalist who has made it her goal to bring light to the lowest caste, the Dalit, who have almost no historical representation and make up less than 1% of India's modern day media. Historically, the had no education and were not able to record their story or defend their rights, but things are changing now.

Comparison to USA

  • United States / India
  • Racism / Casteism
  • Originated in Slavery / Originated in Caste System
  • Outlawed but still practiced / "
  • Worse in Jim Crow Era / Getting worse every year
  • Lynchings / Murders
  • Law often turns blind eye / "
  • Refusal of Service / "

Why does this matter to us?

While the problems faced by the Dalit community in India may seem far off and of little significance to us, it is of utmost importance that we study what is going on. We as a country faced a similar time during Jim Crow years ago and racism in the US still is evident today. Studying India could help us with our own country, or using our history, we could also help them.

Image URL Citations



Bhaskar, Anurag. "Reforming the Evidence Act or Reinventing Caste System?" Live Law. Last modified October 20, 2016. Accessed November 30, 2016. Much of the data in this article has been corroborated by other sources so it seems to all be valid.

Dhillon, Amrit. "Why not a museum for the Dalits?" Gale Global Issues In Context. Last modified September 30, 2016. Databases in general are always trustworthy because they're composed of well written articles complied by professional editors.

Rani, Jeya. "The Dalit Voice is Simply Not Heard in the Mainstream Indian Media." The Wire. Last modified November 15, 2016. Accessed December 1, 2016. This article is biased because it comes from an activist and Dalit Journalist. However, if that is kept in mind, it offers a very helpful perspective of recent events in India as it is so recent.

"What Is India's Caste System?" BBC. Last modified February 25, 2016. Accessed November 30, 2016. BBC is a widely recognized and trusted source.

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