In rural India, castes still rule the lives of hundreds of millions of people. Those we used to call “the Untouchables“, the Dalits, are in charge of cleaning sewers and septic tanks; in exchange, they receive a little bread. A deeply rooted mentality, even among the first concerned. “It’s my fault, I was born into an untouchable family“, considers a young woman. His village is divided into two: the untouchables live in a separate neighborhood. Daily discrimination affects all levels.
For example, an eight-year-old girl no longer goes to school, although it is compulsory. In question : his teachers, who told him not to come. For adults too, the humiliations are incessant; the untouchables aren’t even allowed in a barbershop, among other things. These discriminations are prohibited; there are dozens of laws supposed to protect Dalits, but they are seldom applied. 15% of the Indian population are always considered as untouchable.
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