Social issues

In the name of tradition

Print edition : May 27, 2016

Thayamma and other Dalit women who were fined for entering the Basaveshwara temple in Sigaranahalli narrating the events to Manjula Manasa, president of the Karnataka State Women Commission, in September 2015. Photo: Prakash Hassan

Dalits at the Basaveshwara temple in Sigaranahalli village on April 24. Photo: Sathish G.T.

Dalits at the Basaveshwara temple in Sigaranahalli village on April 24. Photo: Sathish G.T.

Discrimination against Dalits thrives in Karnataka as mainstream political parties continue to frame the issue of Dalits’ entry into temples or other public spaces in terms of “tradition” and “custom” instead of basic rights.
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