International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 11, Part L (2015)
Women dalitism and untouchability: role of education as means to empower women with special reference to Himachal Pradesh
This paper deals with the position of dalit women in Indian society even in the twenty first century. At the level of social reality Hindu religion has so far functioned within the context of a caste society. The woman of the so-called higher castes pays for the dominant role gained by her male counterpart over the rest of society. A rigid control over higher caste women in the context of their body and granting a lot of room for lower caste women not as freedom but as a space for brahminical male licentiousness are results of brahminic patriarchy. Women of all caste groups, therefore, experienced this ‘dalitism’. It was women of the lowest caste and outcaste groups who experienced the brunt of patriarchal repression both in the hands of the upper caste and in the hands of men. Raping dalit women is one more weapon in the well-stocked private armies of rich upper caste overlords in India’s villages. The education is the main weapon which can help us to eradicate women dalitism and empower them to get a unique and respectable status in the coming digital society. Himachal Pradesh is playing its dominating role to take due steps for the empowerment of women. The researcher has tried to discuss some major steps and implemented policies regarding the empowerment of dalit women.
How to cite this article:
Sanjeev Kumar. Women dalitism and untouchability: role of education as means to empower women with special reference to Himachal Pradesh. 2015; 1(11): 824-829.