Dalit March

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Dalit Arts & Culture

Fact Finding

Following are some of the areas and challenges which SDS-IPAC, foresees to work upon as fact-finding missions:

A number of obstacles continue to exist delaying the timely and accurate registration of First Information Reports (FIRs)—absolutely crucial for the investigation and prosecution of a crime.  In particular, for atrocities cases: Police officers seldom care about atrocities cases; Police officers believe that Dalits are registering false cases; Police officers are unaware of provisions of The SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act or its existence altogether; Police officers turn a traumatized victim’s statement into the FIR rather than the carefully drawn complaint submitted by CDHR on behalf of the victim.

Sensitizing the Dalit community about the need for non-cooperation with all untouchability practices, including both vertical and horizontal discrimination, and any form of caste discrimination as well as, sensitizing Indian and global civil society to make addressing the issue of untouchability a priority. We also perceive to work with eminent persons in various fields – academics, jurists, journalists, as well as the heads of religious, human rights and political bodies – to bolster public opinion in favor of ending untouchability practices.

Increasing the participation of Dalits and marginalized through various enabling strategies, programs and processes such as advocacy, lobbying, networking, sensitizing, exhibitions, publications, issue based workshops, debates, seminars, conferences, group meetings, public meetings involving grass root organizations, communities and their leaders; and identifying activists, individuals, officials, political leaders, groups, organizations to intervene to ensure fundamental socio-economic rights, including human rights, enshrined in Indian Constitution and in various covenants, treaties, declarations, resolutions of International bodies such as United Nations. Policy influencing and change process will also include evaluation of policies, programmes, documents, and interventions and focuses on the role of the organizations, institutions, entrepreneurial efforts, agencies, corporate bodies, political parties and leadership of various entities to make them accountable to positively address the concerns of the masses in general, and Dalits in particular.

We will also work towards Inclusion of dalits in Media is important. It is not just about seeking reservation in media industries. Representation of people of every section of society is important or else the opinion of the media tends to become partial and biased. In order to make the media content more diversified and socially relevant, the policy of inclusion becomes inevitable. Sharing of views, experiences and learning with Dalit ideologues, intellectuals, writers, trade union leaders, social workers, activists and leaders of grass root Dalit organizations is important.

According to Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, 2010, the physical disabilities by birth or accidental are more prevalent among Dalit men and women. This indicates how childhood period is critical for the occurrence of disability especially among socio-economically disadvantaged groups; therefore it has to be ensured that implications for the intervention measures at early stage of life are important. Dalits with disabilities deserve special consideration as they are subjected to social discrimination. With a multi-directional social support system, dalits with disabilities could be integrated within the mainstream society.

Empowerment through education is the most important step to begin with. With education comes the awareness and strength to stand up and demand one’s rights. Education here should not be confused with literacy. It has a deep rooted aim of empowerment of the human being which lead to worldview building and development of self and is the force behind all revolutions and reformations.

Creating supportive environment to ensure greater political participation of women is the prerequisite to make the system of Panchayati Raj more participative and ensure holistic representation.
a.  Granting more provisions to ensure smooth and fair election process of Dalit women to Panchayats need to be implemented. This could be done by appointing a special officer to look into the matters relating to the same.
b.   decisive power to the local bodies is a step further in the empowerment of Dalit women sarpanches. The bureaucratic structures should function as an aide to the Gram Panchayats. Civil society organizations can help in empowering the women by educating them directly and being an ally in representing their cause to state authorities