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Ashwani Peetush and Jay Drydyk

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199453528

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199453528.001.0001

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Invoking Human Rights

Invoking Human Rights

Dalits and the Politics of Caste Violence in Gujarat

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Human Rights

Gopika Solanki

Oxford University Press

Caste inequality is a daily struggle in India. Tracing on-going cases filed under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (1989) that penalizes violence against Dalits and Adivasis, Gopika Solanki analyzes the varied meanings of ‘human rights’ and ’social justice’ that emerge from litigants, NGO workers, the police, judicial actors, and state and national human rights commissions during the course of investigation and trial. Viewing adjudication as a productive encounter between a variety of state and societal actors, she discusses the institutionalization of human rights in the criminal justice system as a result of these interactions and outlines the implications of their encoding in the everyday workings of criminal law. In addition, the chapter focuses on the political agency of Dalit women and illustrates how Dalit women’s rights committees have, using the Atrocity Act, broadened the human rights approach from a legalistic approach to a development enterprise.

Keywords:   caste inequality, Dalit, Adivasis, Prevention of Atrocities Act, social justice, human rights commissions, institutionalization of human rights, Dalit women

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