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DFN began in 2002 in response to the plea of Dalit leaders: "Educate our children!" Today a freedom movement is advancing all over India through Dalit Education Centers, where Dalit children learn English and are taught the values of freedom, equality and human dignity. Learn more.
In debt to landlords, moneylenders, grocers, and more, most Dalits work hand-to-mouth, ground down in horrific poverty. This economic disempowerment forces many into bonded labor and prostitution. Our Vocational Training, Self-Help Groups, and Fair-Rate Loans enable Dalit adults to learn marketable skills and support their families. Learn more.
Most Dalits cannot afford healthcare. Simple fractures go untreated and result in crippling malformations. More than 40% of India's youngest children are malnourished. Dalits also suffer from diseases unseen in developed nations, like polio and leprosy. DFN's comprehensive community-based healthcare program meets immediate needs and is paving the way for sustainability. Learn more.
DFN is the leading voice of justice for the Dalits in our nation's capital. Focusing on the big-picture of ending the trafficking of Dalits, our education campaigns, legislative work, and continuous advocacy promote justice for the Dalits. Our work with Dalit children and women in India builds hope and empowerment. Learn more.
President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary here today.
Home to over 500 bullocks a decade and half back, this village is left with just six bullocks. It means India’s serfdom has ended in this village. Dalits are no more under the command system of the village Thakurs. A no-fly zone to vultures, Dalits have come out of one of the most humiliating practices enforced on them for centuries — they no longer lift or skin dead animals.
Memoirs of noted social reformer Hemalatha Lavanam will soon find place in the National Biography Series of the National Book Trust of India.
The National Human Rights Commission chairman Justice KG Balakrishnan said, “The increasing number of complaints on human rights violation indicates that the provisions prescribed in law are not being followed properly.”
At the end of a row of bamboo huts in the Yarpur slum, each fronted with strings of brightly coloured clothes, Suraj Ram appears bare-chested from a manhole. The 22-year-old is one of the city’s sanitation workers who enter the depths of the sewage network to manually clear blockages – a job often reserved for Dalits.
An organisation named the Dalit Freedom Network highlights the fact that dalits and adivasi tribals are enslaved in a number of ways including bride trafficking, ritual sex slavery, domestic servitude, child labour, sex trafficking and bonded labour.
Every day, 1.3 million people in India are forced to clean human excrement with their bare hands in a practice known as manual scavenging.
On June 17, 2011, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, in a moment of historical precedent, called manual scavenging “one of the darkest blots on [India’s] development process.” On September 3, 2012 the “Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation” bill was introduced to the Indian Parliament. The bill is a tougher and more thorough version than the toothless 1993 Act that outlawed Manual Scavenging.
We as global citizens unanimously support the complete abolition of manual scavenging in India. By signing this petition, we urge India’s Parliament to enforce this Bill!
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