Hidden Apartheid: Caste Discrimination against India’s “Untouchables”

Hidden Apartheid was produced as a “shadow report” in response to India’s submission to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which monitors implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  The report documents severe violations of Dalits’ human rights in the areas of education, health, housing, property, freedom of religion, free choice of employment, and equal treatment before the law.  The report also documents routine violations of Dalits’ right to life and security of person through state-sponsored or sanctioned acts of violence, including torture. According to the report, Dalit women face multiple forms of discrimination and are frequent targets of sexual abuse. State and private actors enjoy virtual impunity for these crimes.

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