4 Oktober 2016
In collaboration with the Amnesty International Group Bremen-Nord, the Amnesty International Club of Jacobs University is pleased to announce a talk on the situation of Dalits (the “untouchables”) in India, on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm at IRC East Wing, Jacobs University. Manuela Ott, the coordinator of the Dalit Solidarity Society in Germany, who has been involved in development cooperation since 1999, will provide insight into both historical and current struggles of Dalits in India.
Officially part of the “scheduled castes”, those designated as historically disadvantaged groups in India, are people who were formerly known as “untouchables” or “Harijians” and have chosen to call themselves Dalit. Dalit means broken people and draws attention to a life in misery, ostracization and apartheid. As Amnesty International reports, even sixty-eight years after independence, political rhetoric and Constitutional protection have failed to end atrocities against Dalits in India. Amnesty has thus been advocating the end of violence against Dalits, who number around 200 million in India, and the projection of their lives.