February 13, 2007

Hidden Apartheid

Caste Discrimination against India's "Untouchables"

I. Summary List of the Critical Issues Pertaining to India's Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Article 1
Article 2
Article 3
Article 4
Article 5
Article 6
Article 7
II. Authors of the Report
III. Scope of the Report
Sources Used in this Report
Availability of Information from the Government of India..
IV. Response to India's denial of ICERD's prohibition of discrimination on the basis of caste
V. Article 2: States Parties' obligation to end caste-based discrimination
A.Condemn caste discrimination and undertake to pursue by all appropriate means a policy of eliminating caste discrimination..
B.Ensure the development and protection of certain groups or individuals belonging to them...
VI. Article 3: Prevent, prohibit and eradicate caste-based segregation
A.Segregated housing colonies for Dalits
B.Segregation in relief camps
C.Segregation in schools
D.Segregation in public life..
VII. Article 4: Eradicate propaganda inciting caste-based discrimination
VIII. Article 5: Eliminate caste-based discrimination in the enjoyment of Fundamental Rights
A.Duty to ensure the right to equal treatment of Dalits before organs administering justice
B.Ensure Dalits' right to security of person and protection by the State against violence or bodily harm, whether inflicted by government officials or by any individual group or institution..
C.Ensure Dalits' political rights
D.Ensure Dalits' other civil rights
E.Ensure Dalits' economic, social and cultural rights
F.Ensure Dalits' right of access to any place or service intended for use by the general public.. 100
IX. Article 6: Assure effective protection and remedies against acts of caste-based discrimination107
X. Article 7: Adopt educational measures to combat caste-based prejudices109
A.Textbook and curricula in public and private schools distort the caste problem in India109
B.Inadequate media representation of Dalit issues and lack of Dalit journalists110
XI. Conclusion111
Appendix I113