International Journal of Law and Legal Studies

International Journal of Law and Legal Studies ISSN 2463-5634 Vol. 5 (2), pp. 246-264, February, 2017. © International Scholars Journals

Review

Enactment of special laws by independent India took in protecting the rights and dignity of Dalits

Ramadi Supta Khan 

Centre for study of social exclusion and inclusive policy, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

E-mail: supta_khan45@gmail.com

Accepted 10 January, 2017

Abstract

One of the major steps the independent India took in protecting the rights and dignity of Dalits was the enactment of special laws. Despite over sixty years of implementation of such laws and many developmental measures, atrocities against Dalits continue unabated. Quoting extensively from the government data on crimes against Dalits, this article logically argues the relevance of ‘separate settlement’ for Dalits proposed by none other than the architect of Indian Constitution Dr. B. R. Ambedkar to end caste based injustice and violence against Dalits.

Key words: Hinduism, Caste, Dalits, human rights, untouchability, law, Constitution of India, separate settlement.