THE DALIT PEOPLE
THE DALIT PEOPLE
WHO ARE THE DALIT PEOPLE?
For over 3000 years the Dalits – or Untouchables – have been positioned at the bottom of India’s society and are subject to the most aggressive and dehumanising abuse. They are born into a culture that devalues them from birth with society considering them lower than animals. The term ‘Dalit’ literally translates to downtrodden or oppressed and there are 250 million Dalits who are exposed to this injustice.
HOW DID DALIT GOODS & LIFE ASSOCIATION BEGIN?
Around 20 years ago, Simon Hawthorne and Paul Morley visited Uttar Pradesh, one of the least developed states of India, and fell in love with the people of this amazing country and their children. They also experienced first hand the injustice suffered by the Dalit people and it has been their passion to provide education and support in any way they can ever since.
WHAT IS THE CASTE SYSTEM?
The caste system embodies a belief that men and women are not made equal and that by birth, your caste determines your opportunities and future. Hinduism states that the four castes originated from four parts of the body of the god Brahma. The Brahmin or priestly caste proceeded from Brahma’s head, the Kshatriyas from his arms, the Vaisyas from his thighs and the Sudras from his feet. Far beneath the Sudras are the Untouchables or Dalits who were rejects from the social order altogether, being not made by God.
HOW CAN THE INJUSTICE OF THE DALITS STOP?
Apartheid came to an end through a movement of people of many nations with one voice and one message – that apartheid is wrong. We believe that the injustice of the Dalits is the biggest human rights issue in the world today. It will take a similar movement of ordinary people to tackle this extraordinary oppression that has affected millions of people for thousands of years.