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CASTE – BASED DISCRIMINATION IN KARNATAKA

By Maitreyi Shishir

Caste-based discrimination is something that happens so frequently in India that it has become normal to read some or the other crime in the newspaper on a regular basis. What began as a simple division in profession moved on to become the world’s longest hierarchical system. Caste has become one of the key defining element in modern Hindu culture. Even after the abolishment of the Caste System by the Constitution, the social notion amongst the people never left. Therefore, various manners of oppressing and suppressing them, sometimes openly and sometimes subtly, still goes on. From living in different parts of the towns to not wearing their footwear while entering the villages, the types of ideas people come up with to create a division is obnoxious to its core. However, with the support of local officials and sometimes, in their absence, these dividing acts do not stop. A recent study suggests that there has been a 25 percent increase in crimes against the Dalits in 2016. Nevertheless, when we are looking into the issue of caste-based crimes, more focus is put on the states of the north of India. However, caste acts as evil even in its southern region. With states like Karnataka holding the highest number of castes, the number of such crimes also increase. There are however barely any measure or public focus brought on them. This study shall focus on caste-based discrimination in Karnataka, more specifically with the caste of Madigas.

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