Posts tagged ‘caste’

June 13, 2014

Strange Fruit in Uttar Pradesh

Sexual assault against women in India, particularly Uttar Pradesh, seems to be taking turn for the worst as rapists become emboldened by the lack of police investigation and political sympathy in favour of the criminal.   In the last fortnight four women have been raped and hung from trees by their own dupatta (scarf) or sari.

These crimes are outrageous enough but even more so are the continuous foot-in-mouth statements from the chief minister of the state, his father and a growing chorus of male chief ministers from other states.   I watched a TV discussion on NDTV (channel 511 on Sky) where a representative of the UP government repeatedly stated ‘what about men who are wrongly accused?’

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December 4, 2012

Untouchable Gypsies

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A new genetic study has confirmed what was long-known: Roma gypsies are descendents of Indians but a new revelation is that they in fact share almost identical DNA with the untouchable caste of India.

It is believed that the untouchables fled India, the part of Punjab now in Pakistan, when Hinduism collapsed in the region over a thousand years ago.

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