Casteism in India.

Caste system in India is still a predominant factor of discrimination and oppression. It has been prevailing in India for hundreds of years. Caste, in India, plays an important role in defining the identity and social status of a person. There are thousands of castes that prevail in India. According to the Hindu caste system, the Dalits are referred to as the lowest caste. They are humiliated, tortured, harassed, destroyed and even killed by the so-called people of the higher caste. They are also considered untouchable as if they’re impure.

Recently, a seventeen-year-old Dalit boy in a district of Uttar Pradesh was shot dead by four non-Dalit youths for entering in a temple. They shot him while he was asleep.
My heart aches at such news. People have made caste a priority and treat it as more important than human life. They feel privileged for belonging to a high caste and oppress the people of a lower caste. There are various norms and rituals being followed in the name of caste and religion which are just leading towards violence and domination of the lower caste. People are losing humanity due to the strong and rigid caste system.

DEVADASI SYSTEM

Devadasi means a servant of God. Devadasi system is an age-old ritual that is still being practised in a few districts of India especially in South. According to the devadasi practice, girls belonging to lower caste are forced to renounce everything and get married to a deity or a temple. The marriage usually occurs before girls hit puberty. Devadasis are forbidden to get married again. In recent times, devadasis are treated as sex slaves and men of any caste could exploit them for sex once they attain puberty. Their virginity is auctioned and they are pushed into prostitution. This system ultimately forces young girls to live the life of a sex worker in the name of religion. They are not even provided with any financial help so they start begging to earn a livelihood. No amount of religious belief can justify such atrocities being practised against women. The practice of dedicating devadasis has been outlawed by law and any person performing or participating in this practice is liable to get penalised but it still prevails in some parts of the country.

The caste system has shaped Indian society for a long time. As long as the traditional caste system in India will remain strong, there will be a lower class and violence against them will prevail.

Untouchability was officially banned when India adopted its constitution in 1950. After a lot of struggle to abolish the practice of untouchability, laws were made in the constitution to provide equality to the oppressed class. Article 15 of the Constitution of India prohibits discrimination based on caste and article 17 declared the practice of enforceability to be illegal. Therefore, all people are equal in the eyes of law and there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste. Everyone should be treated equally.

72 thoughts on “Casteism in India.

  1. Yet some only see black and white. Is not the rainbow a multiplex of colors joined not displayed separately. Understanding and empathy is what some people need to learn. It is sad that so much is wasted in hate when so much can be gained in unity. 🌎✌🏻💙

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  2. I have no words to say, how i sad when i read how youngs girls and womans are, well …

    I hope new generation, not only in your land (very beautiful in other things), but around the world,
    Will prpose and make a better future for all humanity.
    I hope…
    Your post is powerfull.
    Miss G

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  3. India was built on the caste system. Segregation, financial gain, inequality, control..just some of the sad factors people use against others. I am a glass half full person, so honestly, India are at least 2 generations away from making serious, very serious steps to abolish this old rotten disease. I don’t even mean by law, but a persons thought process.

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      1. This is how we learn about all the different cultures and our world, while standing in solidarity with our fellow human beings who still face all kinds of unfair discrimination. That’s what makes this platform more than a hobby for me, so thank you!

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  4. I was familiar with the caste system in India but this was the first time I’ve read about the Devadasi system. This weighs heavy on my heart. It goes against everything I believe in: in the inherent goodness of humanity and equal rights for all. I have read about the challenges facing the people of India regarding the caste system and other huge injustices. I think education is key, but changing centuries-old cultures and religious practices is no easy task. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. It is a curse in any country. Castism exists all over the world, in some form or the other. However, I see a lot of change happening in big cities, in India. Young people do not pay much attention to such details. I am sure, in times to come it would trickle down to smaller cities. India is changing, and we should encourage that. A very good write-up for the people who are still living with the stone age mentality.

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  6. Thank you. As an American I struggle to understand aspects of other countries and their struggles. It is not taught in our public schools here. Everything I have learned about other parts of the world has been out of my own curiosity. I find it astounding in a most negative way that sex slaves and sexual indecency plauges many religions, somehow I thought it hadn’t played a role in India and I now know I was just ignorant. I wish that all religions would correct these horrible indiscretions.

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  7. I had heard of the DEVADASI system and wonders how anyone justify it.How can any religion explain harming women and children? It’s the Dalit I never heard of. I had no idea there another name for the Untouchable. Aren’t these murderers ever brought to justice?

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    1. No religion justifies such acts. It is the people who manipulate the rituals into criminal acts like this.
      This system isn’t legal according to law so anyone who is found participating in this ritual is punished.

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  8. Your post is both reasonable and brave. Certainly, the cast system must be eliminated. Equality of life has to be the way. In the USA, there is a class system based on wealth. I wish we would do away with that. It’s used, however unspoken the way, to divide up human worth.

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  9. Well written Shivani! The caste system is still very much alive, admit it or not. Also, would like to read something about your views on the reservation system. Words of wisdom are here and valid points have been made. I did not know about the Devdasi system, it’s horrible. Have you heard of the Breast tax in South and Nangeli? Do read on that!

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  10. I am very sorry to hear about the existence of caste system and devadasi system in the present time. I never thought they would linger around in the modern world. In Bengal, we don’t have a caste system in the modern era. It sounds like as if casteism never existed.

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