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THE TALE OF ‘PUBLIC VIEW’ AND THE ATROCITIES ACT: A Dalit Critique of Section 3(i)(x)

Why is the uttering of casteist slurs on a mobile call not an atrocity? Why is there a need for ‘independent’ witnesses under Sec. 3(i)(x) of the Atrocities Act?
Caste is that butterfly whose flapping wings have an effect on all kinds of interactions of an individual. With its inhumane, however, very much prevalent functioning, the caste system has been the dark past of Indian history and continues to be the harsh reality of the modern, contemporary, and constitutionally democratic society of India. So much so that it is not rare for laws, rules and regulations to be caste-blind and blatantly insensitive to the Bahujan community in general. One such example of this massive loophole is the requirement of independent witnesses under Section 3(i)(x) of the Atrocities Act. Over the course of this article, the author has analyzed a recent judgement in the case of Pradeep Kumar v. the State of Haryana from a Dalit legal perspective. The article showcases the latent upper-caste bias in the subject provision. Continue reading THE TALE OF ‘PUBLIC VIEW’ AND THE ATROCITIES ACT: A Dalit Critique of Section 3(i)(x)

THE INTERSECTION OF CASTE, CLASS AND GENDER – PROMINENT FEMINIST THEORIES: PART II

-by Manisha Arya The following article is part of a two-part series. The previous article can be found here. III. Prominent Feminist Theory and Intersection of Caste, class and Gender in India Caste system as an institution is very peculiar to India. On one hand where the women across world face oppression under patriarchy by virtue of them being women, Dalit women in India due … Continue reading THE INTERSECTION OF CASTE, CLASS AND GENDER – PROMINENT FEMINIST THEORIES: PART II

THE INTERSECTION OF CASTE, CLASS AND GENDER – A FEMINIST ANALYSIS: PART I

– by Manisha Arya I. Positionality of Dalit Women in Caste and Class Hierarchy One of the incidents in Tamil Nadu where a Dalit women leader who demanded higher wages was raped and then killed by upper-caste landlords. By demanding high wages in public space, the Dalit woman leader had violated the limits of her caste status which are defined by passivity and submissiveness and … Continue reading THE INTERSECTION OF CASTE, CLASS AND GENDER – A FEMINIST ANALYSIS: PART I