Dalit Solidarity Network UK campaigns against the atrocities, humiliation and poverty that over 260 million Dalits suffer due to caste discrimination

Key Issues

While the situation of Dalits and other “untouchable” groups vary greatly, some problems are common – click on the links to read more about each issue on the IDSN website:


Bonded Labour

A significant proportion of Dalits find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of bonded labour or other forms of contemporary slavery.

Dalit Women

Dalit women are especially vulnerable to verbal abuse, physical assault, sexual harassment, rape, and domestic violence as a result of caste as well as gender discrimination.

Forced Prostitution

Many Dalit women have been forced into sexual slavery or suffer systematic sexual abuse by dominant castes.

Discrimination in Education

Discrimination against Dalits in the educational system is a widespread problem, and illiteracy and drop-out rates among Dalits are very high due to a number of social and physical factors.

Manual Scavenging

Dalits are often forced to make their living through this vile, inhuman and outlawed practice of removing human excrement from dry toilets and sewers using only basic tools.

Political participation

As a result of their social marginalisation, Dalits are often limited from equal and meaningful political participation.

Non-Implementation of Legislation

Even though legal mechanisms to protect the rights of Dalits exist, atrocities against Dalits are committed with impunity as implementation of legislation remains alarmingly weak and insufficient.

Private Sector

Business operations in caste-affected countries are at a high risk of being based on the economic exploitation or seclusion of caste-affected communities and others at the “low” end of the caste hierarchy.