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Casting Off the Caste System and its Stigma: Empowering the Forgotten Indigenous People of India with Human Rights [Video]

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ODISHA, India, and LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 25, 2024 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In the 1880s, to call attention to the plight of the “untouchables” — the lowest of India’s four castes and members of the country’s indigenous tribes who suffer the same indignities — the famous Indian social activist Jyotirao Govindrao Phule coined a term to represent these people: “Dalit.” The word means “oppressed,” “broken” or “crushed.” He chose this term to raise awareness of the rampant violations of the dignity and rights of these people and to create change. United for Human Rights Odisha has taken on the challenge of restoring fair and equitable treatment to these and all people of India.

Photo caption: A grassroots movement informs people who never knew they had rights that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applies to them.

Although the caste system was officially banned shortly after India won its independence in 1947, it is …

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