Caste Based Discrimination In Dalit Women

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Caste based discrimination is one of the most severe human right violation, yet remains as forgotten human rights exploitation of the twenty-first century. More than 260 million of people are the sufferer of caste based discrimination who faces extreme poverty and powerlessness which contribute to exploitation and violence against Dalits – formerly known as untouchables. It is matter of regret that most of us are not familiar with the term ‘Dalit’. We mainly know them as sweepers or cleaners. There is no national statistics as regards what the total number of Dalits in Bangladesh. Different sources provide different numbers. In Bangladesh there are an estimated 5.5 million Dalits (Farzana, 2011)
In Dhaka, Dalit communities live in so called ‘colonies’ where they are totally deprived and forcedly excluded from adequate housing, nominal sanitation, education and employment. They are not allowed to participate in mainstream society because of their profession. Financial hardships have been identified as the main reason
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Dalit women’s situation is considered as the most marginalized amongst the marginal people (Farzana, 2011). They are indeed outcaste among outcaste. Hierarchically they come last in the Dalit household. Most of the dominance faced by the Dalit Women in home is created by the male members of Dalit people. Though human rights of Dalit people as well as Dalit women are violated but the Bangladesh government is less like to concentrate. Instead of protecting the legal rights of Dalits, national, local and city council officials often go out of their way to violate the basic rights of Dalits. They are ignored in planning processes and find it a challenge to access even basic services. When they do find the strength to question this discrimination, they are further abused and led to believe that Bangladesh is not their country and that the state is not responsible for

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