AbstractsPolitical Science

“De-Casteing” India: How Dalit Women’s Rights Civil Society Organizations Tackle Caste Based Socio-Political & Religio-Cultural Challenges

by Caroline Winkler

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Caste, Social Movements, Indian Feminism
Record ID: 1119578
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/19376


Untouchability practices and caste based discrimination and injustices are under yet another siege after Ambedkar. In the past 50 years, India has seen tremendous mobilization by the lower caste members, specifically, vibrant women’s movements challenging the Indian caste society with the view of securing social change and abating caste based discrimination, violence and mistreatments. However, just like the era of Ambedkar, the anti-caste movements of today have the socio-political and religio-cultural factors that keep caste based injustices in place to contend with. At issue in this study is how Dalit women’s rights civil society organizations tackle caste based challenges in India.