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Dalit women producing leather footwear for global brands suffer serious labour rights abuses
A new report by Homeworkers Worldwide finds Dalit women working in global leather supply chains being subjected to discrimination, insecure work, low wages and labour rights abuses, including sexual harassment.
slavery  children  childlabour  women  Dalit  dalitwomen  caste  India  business  businessandhr  leather  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  news  gender  sexual_violence  labour 
october 2019 by idsn
No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains (ETI-UK)
Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK - Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.
press_release  eti  business  businesskey  businessandhr  children  childlabour  slavery  labour  caste  dalit  2019  News  idsnnews  women  dalitwomen  India  Nepal  Pakistan  Bangladesh  dalitchildren  key 
september 2019 by idsn
REPORT: Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector
Conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California. Key findings:
99.3% of the workers are either Muslims or belong to a heavily subordinated community, called a “Scheduled Caste.”
99.2% of workers toil in conditions of forced labour under Indian law, which means they do not receive the state stipulated minimum wage. In fact, most workers received between 50% and 90% less than the state-stipulated minimum wages. Only a handful of males working near the city of Jaipur received proper wages for their work.
95.5% of workers are female.
2019  India  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour 
april 2019 by idsn
Study finds Dalits working in forced and child labour in India’s garment industry (IDSN News)
An extensive study on home-based garment workers in India found 99 per cent of workers toiled in conditions of forced labor under Indian law, with over 99 per cent of the workers found to be either Dalits or Muslims. The prevalence of child labour was over 15 per cent and many cases of bonded labour were also documented. 85 per cent of the workers supplied global brands.The report “Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector” was conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California.
2019  India  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour  statistics 
april 2019 by idsn
We have a dream (IDSN Statement 2018)
In IDSN’s 10th December statement on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we share our dream that one day love and respect for human rights will prevail over brutal caste oppression and injustice.
2018  idsnnews  idsn  statement  un  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight  caste  children  education  violence  atrocities  women  press_release 
february 2019 by idsn
Coalition for Dalits to submit guidelines on discrimination in schools (The New Indian Express)
The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) is formulating guidelines, for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in India, on how to prevent caste-based violence in schools as part of its campaign of achieving zero discrimination.
2018  ndmj  ncdhr  education  India  violence  children 
october 2018 by idsn
The Mica Children: Fighting for Survival in India's Deadly Mines (Spiegel online)
Dalit children are facing extremely dangerous working conditions and violations of their basic human rights, working in child labour in mines supplying Mica to the cosmetics industries.
children  childlabour  business  humanrights  bondedlabour  2018  press  press_global 
september 2018 by idsn
In Meerut, People – Including Children – Were Arrested for Being Dalit
According to the Dalits who spent months in jail, the police specifically asked people their caste and arrested them even if they weren't involved in the Bharat Bandh protest.
caste  india  humanrights  2018  justice  retaliation  children  press 
august 2018 by idsn
Report: Dalit men, women and children enslaved in India’s brick making industry (IDSN news)
A new report by Anti-Slavery International documents widespread slavery in India’s brick making industry and finds that the majority of workers are Dalits. Whole families, including small children, work 9-12 hour days in debt-bondage with little recourse to justice.

The report finds that discrimination and exclusion, along with the way brick kiln moulders are recruited and paid, underpins the widespread existence of slavery in the kilns and the limited opportunities for workers to escape.
idsnnews  2018  antislavery  ingo  India  labour  slavery  slaverykey  childlabour  children  childrenkey 
may 2018 by idsn
Campaign and new report highlight caste discrimination in schools - International Dalit Solidarity Network
Dalit children being made to sit and eat separately from other children, being beaten, abused and forced to do humiliating tasks, form part of the cases uncovered during the ‘Zero Discrimination in School Education’ campaign in India. These cases are highlighted in the report ‘Exclusion in Schools – A Study on Practice of Discrimination and Violence’ by the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ-NCDHR) and the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion.
education  children  india  caste  dalit  discrimination  2017  idsnnews  ncdhr  ndmj 
march 2018 by idsn
No end in sight to plight of Dalit flood victims (case, Nepal, 2017)
Children in Dalit settlements of Bishnupur Rural Municipality in Saptari are in dire need of relief materials, as they have lost their houses along with clothes and food grains in the recent floods in the district.

The hapless children, along with their parents, have been taking shelter in makeshift tents on the roadside. They are just surviving on food items such as noodles, biscuits, and beaten rice provided by different organisations.
Nepal  2017  case  jmc  nndswo  children  dalitchildren  humanitarian 
august 2017 by idsn
Nepal - Dalit children crush stones to buy books
Seven-year-old Laxmi Nepali of Bhagwati Aulagurta VDC of Jajarkot district wakes up early in the morning and rushes toward a nearby school. While most of the children of her age carry books and other educational materials, she is seen holding a sack on one hand and a hammer on the other en route to Nepal National Secondary School.

For the sake of Rs 100, she crushes stones into gravels in front of the school from early morning. Though it is not her wish, she is obliged to do so to sustain her life. She completes crushing a sack full of gravels from 7 am to 9 am in the morning. “I give this money to my parents and they will buy me books and new clothes,” Laxmi said.
nepal  2017  case  caste  dalit  children  childlabour  education  jmc 
august 2017 by idsn
Report: Widespread child slavery in India’s yarn industry, most victims are Dalits (IDSN News, 2016)
Despite efforts to curb child slavery in India’s spinning mills the practice continues and 60% of the victims are Dalits – says newly released report.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  india  sumangali  dnn  business  caste  Dalit  women  2017  slavery  children  childlabour  childrenkey 
january 2017 by idsn
Towards Dawn: Combating Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Brick Kilns (Different Truths, 2016)
Lenin takes us through the sordid and macabre accounts of contemporary slavery in brick kilns, based on actual accounts of the hapless victims. Driven by hunger and starvation, many children die of malnutrition. When the bonded labourers ask for money for the treatment of sick children, they are beaten up, blue-black. Children die, young girls and women are sexually exploited. People cannot escape the debt traps and clutches of the brick kiln owners. They are hounded. Police are hand-in- gloves with the brick kiln owners. Against all odds, his organisation, Peoples’ Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), has stood up for the cause of the Dalit and Musahar victims. There is a new dawn of dignity and identity for hopeless victims. Here’s a special story, an in-depth report to combat and resolve the problems, on the occasion of May Day by Different Truths (DT) and PVCHR.
caste  Dalit  press  2016  slavery  bondedlabour  India  women  children  childlabour  discrimination  IDSN 
may 2016 by idsn
Twilight children - Disadvantaged caste working to meet Global market demands (Opinion - The Hindu)
To meet the demands of global markets, Indian manufacturers have replaced adult workers with teenaged, mostly female, workers drawn from agriculturally impoverished regions and disadvantaged castes.
caste  india  dalit  women  children  bondedlabour  slavery  2015  press  november2015press  childlabour 
december 2015 by idsn
In The Dead Of The Night, Hatred Burns (Tehelka)
Two Dalit children were killed in Faridabad district when their house was set on fire. A close look at the tragedy and its aftermath.
2015  press  india  october2015clippings  atrocities  children  violence  murder 
october 2015 by idsn
Dalit girl of Theni village escapes from “hell” in spinning mill (The Hindu)
The girl, employed by a spinning mill was brutally attacked by the mill owners after trying to escape – says NGO demanding the arrest of the owners.
children  caste  india  press  2015  women  business  slavery  labour  sumangali 
october 2015 by idsn
A Rapist’s Nightmare - Dalit girls fights for justice (The New York Times)
Bitiya, who is from the bottom of the caste system, is fuzzy about her age but thinks she was 13 in 2012 when four upper-caste village men grabbed her as she worked in a field, stripped her and raped her. They filmed the assault and warned her that if she told anyone they would release the video and also kill her brother.

So Bitiya initially kept quiet.

Six weeks later Bitiya’s father saw a 15-year-old boy watching a pornographic video — and was aghast to see his daughter in it. The men were selling the video in a local store for a dollar a copy.

Bitiya is crying in the video and is held down by the men, so her family accepted that she was blameless. Her father went to the police to file a report.

Nicholas Kristof/The New York Times
women  caste  india  press  press_global  2015  rape  atrocities  violence_against_women  violence  children  resistance  dalitwomenfight 
october 2015 by idsn
Dalit Children in Bangladesh (Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2015)
The report examines the current situation of Dalit children and
provides information about the implementation gaps in the enforcement of the International Convention
on the Rights of the Child, and makes recommendations for the Committee’s examination. The
observations are based on independent studies and reports, case documentation, and recommendations
by other UN human rights bodies.
2015  Bangladesh  crc  un  submission  children  slavery  violence  education  bangladeshkey  childrenkey  crckey  caste  dalit  treatybodies  childlabour 
september 2015 by idsn
New report: Low caste children suffer in India’s cottonseed industry
The new report ‘Cotton’s Forgotten Children’, released by the Stop Child Labour Campaign and the India Committee on the Netherlands (ICN), finds that almost half a million children in India work as child labourers in the cottonseed production industry. Most of them are Dalits, Adivasis or other low caste children (OBCs). The report warns that most of these children are not in school and are subjected to hazardous work and harmful chemicals.
idsn  news  idsnnews  2015  india  children  slavery  bondedlabour  Report  case  caste  dalit  childlabour 
august 2015 by idsn
Are we still in dark age? Children of cobblers treated like dirt in Magura school (Parittran)
Ten-year-olds are made to clean their school toilets by the teachers. The elders in their families cannot have tea at local stalls or a haircut at the barber’s, and they are not invited to any social event.
All these because they are from a caste considered low in the local Hindu community.
Bangladesh  press  2015  children  education  untouchability  caste  dalit 
july 2015 by idsn
Dalit child beaten and Dalits attacked by 50 men because a child’s ball fell into an RSS (dominant caste) campus - police neglect to protect (
It is hard to say what left a bigger scar on the Dalit residents of Rajendra Nagar locality in Sonepat recently: a violent attack on them by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh men that injured over a dozen people, or the compromise they were driven to sign promising not to seek any legal remedy against their assailants.
caste  press  2015  violence  atrocities  children  india  untouchability  implementation  impunity  justice  dalit  legislation 
july 2015 by idsn
India's child labour 'reforms' could make it a dangerous place to invest - Guardian Op-ed by Aidan McQuade - Anti-Slavery
Government signals plan to stimulate economic growth by removing basic protections for workers and ending ban on child labour
slavery  children  legislation  caste  India  press  2015  dalit  press_global  childlabour 
july 2015 by idsn
Experts: Law amendment will push Dalit children out of school and into child labour (IDSN News)
An amendment to India’s new Child Labour Prohibition Act that seeks to permit children under 14 to work in ‘family enterprises’, has been proposed by the Government. Child rights activists in India, including Nobel prize winner Kailash Satyarthi, say that the amendment will push millions of children into child labour and thereby out of an education, particularly Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim children.
idsnnews  IDSN  2015  slavery  children  legislation  caste  India  dalit  news  childlabour 
july 2015 by idsn
Scheduled Caste Children in Pakistan (IDSN and PDSN July 2015 alternative report for the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, 2015)
The alternative report on scheduled caste children in Pakistan is written by the Pakistan Dalit Solidarity
Network (PDSN) and the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) and submitted to the UN Committee
on the Rights of the Child for the 72nd Pre-sessional Working Group session (5-9 October 2015) and the
review of Pakistan at the 72nd Working Group session (6 May-3 June 2016). The report examines the current
situation of scheduled caste (Dalit) children and provides information about the implementation gaps in the
enforcement of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, and makes recommendations for
the Committee’s examination. The observations are based on independent studies and reports, case
documentation, and recommendations by other UN human rights bodies.
Pakistan  crc  children  caste  education  UN  slavery  key  dalit  ref  forcedlabour  prostitution  2015  pakistankey  childrenkey  keywomenpakistan  treatybodies  slaverypakistankey  childlabour  unkey 
july 2015 by idsn
How the Right to Education is failing the very children it was meant to benefit (
More than 75% of those out of schools are either Dalits, Adivasis or Muslims.Over 32% of those out of schools are Dalits and over 16% belong to the Adivasi communities. On further bifurcation, 3.24% of all Scheduled Castes and over 4% of all Scheduled Tribes children are out of school nationwide. This divide gets even bigger in the eastern region where more than 6.78% of ST children are out of school and in Odisha the figure is a whopping 14.81%.
press  2015  education  children  Dalit  india  caste 
june 2015 by idsn
Diluting India's child labour law will trap families in cycle of poverty (Op-ed in The Guardian - by IDSN and DNN)
An amendment to the act that was set to make child labour illegal will push millions of marginalised children in India into work rather than education
labour  caste  dalit  children  education  legislation  slavery  poverty  press  2015  IDSN  press_global  childlabour  economicrights 
may 2015 by idsn
Shame! Dalit girl set on fire for pursuing education (Yahoo News India)
As per the victim’s statement to the police, the student was alone in her hut and cooking food when the accused— Dhiraj Yadav, his brothers Arvind and Dinesh, and their father Ram Pravesh Yadav— barged in, dragged her out, poured kerosene on her and set her on fire.
“They didn’t like that I was pursuing my education because they were failing in school every year. A few months ago, Dhiraj somehow got a photograph of me and tried to blackmail me. A major altercation broke out between our families on the issue,” she was quoted as saying to the police in the community health centre.
The victim was admitted with 70 per cent burn injuries.
Dalit  children  caste  education  india  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  press  2015  pressmarch2015  women 
may 2015 by idsn
Combatting the Vicious Circle of Child Rights Violation (The New Indian Express)
With widespread caste discrimination and branding of communities, the effect on the rights of children can be seen in instances across the country — Dalit children being made to sweep classrooms and clean toilets at schools, eat separately and face neglect. 

The constant branding by teachers and classmates as the ‘other’, besides affecting the psyche of the child has been shown to increase the number of dropouts and the cycle goes on — child labour, drug abuse, alcoholism and crime.

The issue of child rights is universal but the discrimination is more in India because of the socio-religious philosophy that facilitates discrimination on the basis of caste, believes social activist Vasanthi Devi, former chairperson, Institute for Human Rights Education.

“Dalit children have special needs and this is not accepted by most people. Children in schools face the same issues the adults of the caste face, ” said N Thayalan, director of Human Resource Development Foundation (HRDF). 

Pallar, Paraiyar, and Arunthathiyar are the major Dalit groups in the State. A 2010 survey was conducted among 200 Arunthathiyar families, the group engaged in manual scavenging and considered lowest, the ‘Dalits among Dalits’. This survey conducted by the Arunthathiyar Human Rights Forum revealed that 24 per cent of children dropped out from schools, starting from Class 1 and reaching a maximum at Class 8. The top reason given by students for dropping out was slow learning  followed by peer group influence, family incompetence, teachers’ attitude and a difficult syllabus.
press  pressmarch2015  2015  education  keypress  children  dalit  caste  manualscavenging  ref  childlabour 
may 2015 by idsn
Video: Nepal's Dalits face caste discrimination (Al Jazeera, 2015)
Despite caste based discrimination being illegal in Nepal, it continues to affect the country's 'untouchables'.
Nepal  caste  dalit  2014  press  pressapril2015  video  education  children 
may 2015 by idsn
UNESCO’s 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - references to caste
UNESCO’s 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report - References to caste
education  UN  Report  2015  caste  children  educationref  dalit  ref  sdgs 
april 2015 by idsn
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International’s 2015 reports raise serious concern over caste discrimination
The newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2015 and the Amnesty International 2014-15 report find that caste discrimination persists with adverse effects to human rights on multiple levels. Serious obstacles to access to justice, discrimination in education and access to services and caste-based violence, including rape of Dalit women, are among the key themes addressed in the reports. These concerns are also noted in the latest India and Nepal reports of the US State Department.
idsnnews  2015  hrw  amnesty  caste  ingo  us  usstatedept  education  children  slavery  bondedlabour  impunity  india  Nepal  key  justice  dalit  women  idsn  news  indiakey  childlabour 
march 2015 by idsn
Teenage Dalit girl raped, body found hanging from tree (ABP Live)
In a grim reminder of the infamous Badaun incident, a teenage Dalit girl was raped and her body was later found hanging from a tree in Nighasan area of the district, police said on Thursday.
Dalit  india  caste  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  murder  rape  2015  press  february2015  sexual_violence  children  women 
february 2015 by idsn
Caste at the root of India and Mauritania’s position as top global slavery offenders
The Global Slavery Index 2014, released by the Walk Free Foundation, singles out India as the country in the world with the most slaves and sees caste at the root of slavery in India. Caste-affected Mauritania tops the Index on percentage of the population in slavery.
slavery  india  mauritania  pakistan  caste  2014  statistics  labour  idsnnews  dalit  children  idsn  news  ingo  childlabour 
january 2015 by idsn
Children bear the brunt of caste abuses in rural MP - Hindustan Times
From being forced to eat mid-day meals in marked out plates to being asked to sit in the back rows of their classrooms, Dalit schoolchildren across rural Madhya Pradesh face dozens of grim abuses, a new study backed by rights group ActionAid has revealed.
press  2014  children  ingo  segregation  untouchability  education  violence  atrocities  India  caste  dalit 
january 2015 by idsn
Report: Dalit girls in modern slavery in India’s textile industry
A report following up on modern slavery in Indian spinning mills, finds that despite initiatives launched to end conditions of forced labour, the situation remains alarming. Efforts of clothing brands and retailers to end this, lack scale and conviction. Due to their marginalised status and lack of alternative opportunities, the majority of girls working in these factories are Dalits.
caste  2014  news  idsn  idsnnews  sumangali  report  slavery  india  dnn  dalit  children  women  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
Tamil Nadu’s exploited garment workers need help from British justice (The Guardian)
One hundred and fifty workers from five spinning mills were interviewed for the report, which reveals that girls as young as 15 are being recruited from marginalised Dalit communities in impoverished rural areas in India. They are lured with promises of decent jobs, good wages and a lump-sum payment. But the reality is a 68-hour working week, poverty wages, no contracts or payslips, and being locked inside factory and dormitory compounds during working and non-working hours.
sumangali  caste  2014  press  slavery  children  dalit  women  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
Stopping the Small Hands of Slavery (Human Rights Watch)
Human Rights Watch South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly,says caste discrimination is partly to blame for child labour in India, as discrimination pushes many Dalit children to drop out of education.
press  2014  caste  india  hrw  slavery  education  children  dalit  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
′Poverty and caste′ fueling child labor in South Asia (DW)
Harvard child labour expert, Siddharth Kara, comments that caste is a key factor underlying child labour in India. He says that, “Every single child labourer that I have documented comes from a highly impoverished family unit and belongs to a low-caste or minority community.”
slavery  india  caste  press  2014  nobel  children  dalit  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
Caste discrimination, child labour and the Nobel peace prize winner
Caste discrimination is a key factor behind child labour in India - is the message coming from experts on child labour. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kailash Satyarthi, also explains how witnessing caste discrimination as a child spurred on his engagement with fighting for the rights of the most marginalised.
caste  india  2014  idsnnews  idsn  news  labour  slavery  nobel  hrw  children  dalit  childlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
Indian priest thrashes ‘untouchable’ boy, 8, who asked for sweets (The Telegraph)
A brutal attack by a Hindu priest on an eight-year-old "untouchable" boy highlights casual caste violence in India. By Dean Nelson
caste  india  violence  press  2014  justice  children  dalit  impunity  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Temple priest smashes 8-year-old Dalit boy's head for prasadam (Deccan Chronicle)
The angry priest bashed the little boy’s head repeatedly against a pillar in the temple, causing him to bleed.The boy was targeted because he was a Dalit. “He was a poor boy and hungry,” Bhaskar told Deccan Chronicle. Not surprisingly, police at Nelamangala town police station on Monday morning refused to register a complaint.
caste  india  violence  press  2014  justice  children  dalit  impunity 
october 2014 by idsn
Dalit girls in Nepal particularly vulnerable to child marriage
In an analysis entitled “Nepal: why child marriage persists”, based on findings by Save the Children, World Vision, and Plan, IRIN news highlight that Dalit girls are at particular risk of child marriage in Nepal, and that concerted efforts to change the social welfare for Dalits in Nepal are needed.
IDSN  idsnnews  2014  caste  childmarriage  nepal  marriage  children  dalit  women  news 
october 2014 by idsn
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