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India: Violence against Dalits is increasing

Since the takeover of the Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and his party BJP, the violence against the Dalits - also called "untouchables" - has constantly increased.

The data of the National Crime Record Board, which was presented at a Dalit meeting in Delhi with over 7,000 participants, reveals this finding. according to a report from the Roman news agency "Fides" a "Massive reconnaissance" about the difficult situation of Dalit is urgently needed.

For 2015, the Observatory records 7,144 cases of criminal violence against Dalits alone in the state of Rajasthan, including murder and rape; Gujarat (6655 cases) and Chhattisgarh (3,008 cases) are also among the biggest conflict centers. Often, Dalits would be victims of arbitrary and illegal expropriation of arable land; Nearly three quarters of all Dalit families in rural areas are affected, according to a social and economic survey of 2011.

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About 45 percent of the Dalit families do not have land ownership or have to give up an important part of their livelihood. This inequality leads to poverty, malnutrition, health problems, illiteracy and backward development.

According to Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, "the most important advocate for the Dalits and the tribal peoples is the Catholic Church", and: "What the Church did for the Dalits in the field of education, welfare, development and support even did not get done by the state."

Specifically runs the support over an Episcopal Commission specially created, dealing with the social support of the Dalits and the combating of discrimination. Discrimination of this population group are given the prevailing mentality remains common and Christian Dalits as a result of a decision of the President from 1950 still "Additionally disadvantaged", so the Bishop: "We demand that Christian and non-Christian Dalits have the same rights."

The Indian government is called upon to take measures to combat violence against Dalits, including a ban on groups of violent groups who are bombarding Dalit. There is also a need to create jobs with permanent contracts, distribute land to the landless and counteract discrimination against Dalits in schools," Mascarenhas said.

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