Dalit, meaning "broken/scattered" in Sanskrit and Hindi, is a term mostly used for the ethnic groups in India that have been kept depressed by subjecting them to untouchability. Dalits were excluded from the four-fold varna system of Hinduism and were seen as forming a fifth varna, also known by the name of Panchama. Dalits now profess various religious beliefs, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity. As per the latest census, they comprise 16% of India's population.
Congress prez Rahul Gandhi on Thursday met a Dalit woman who was allegedly gang-raped in front of her husband in Rajasthan's Alwar district, party sources said. Gandhi was accompanied by CM Ashok.. IndiaTimes - Published
When asked whether he had sought PAAS leader Hardik Patel's support in the Aravalli incident (Patels had blocked the wedding procession), Mevani said such incidents should not require an invitation to.. DNA - Published
Facing flak over allegations that the Congress government in Rajasthan tried to hush up the rape of a Dalit woman, a combative Congress attempted to turn the tables on its saffron opponents and said.. IndiaTimes - Published