Only 10% of Dalit girls have access to primary schools

Published: March 17, 2012
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Around 87 per cent of Dalit women and 63.5 per cent of Dalit men in the country are illiterate, says report. PHOTO: FILE

Around 87 per cent of Dalit women and 63.5 per cent of Dalit men in the country are illiterate, says report. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Around 87 per cent of Dalit women and 63.5 per cent of Dalit men in the country are illiterate, said the International Dalit Solidarity Network’s (ISIN) annual report.

A large number of them do not have Computerised National Identity Cards. It portrayed a bleak picture of the community in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The national primary enrollment rate of Dalits was 48 per cent but only 10 per cent of Dalit girls had access to primary schools and less than one per cent of Dalit women had studied till the eighth grade. It stated that during the floods, Dalits were discriminated against and were not allowed to live in relief camps. There are an estimated seven million Dalits in Pakistan, out of which 3.5 million live in flood-affected areas of Sindh. Nearly 70 per cent of these Dalits were labourers. The report suggested that Dalits have no representation in parliament.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 17th, 2012.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Mar 17, 2012 - 11:25AM

    I thought the mere notion of “Dalit” should cease to exist in an Islamic Republic. But when we have powerful untouchables in Politics, Education and the Economy — not to mention untouchable mullahs — why not untouchables in the lowest segment of society?

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  • vasan
    Mar 17, 2012 - 11:57AM

    Dalit ? In Pakistan ? Where are those India bashers who howl from the top of a column about castes in India. Gone hiding??

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  • let there be peace
    Mar 17, 2012 - 12:27PM

    this is outrageous. dalit organizations should press for UN resolution condemning Pakistan for discrimination against dalits.

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  • ProudPakistani
    Mar 17, 2012 - 12:46PM

    We had a Dalit companion in All India Muslim league with Quaid e Azam & we assured them that unlike Hindus we will treat them equally…Don’t know who r the elements behind their deprivation…

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  • American Desi
    Mar 17, 2012 - 6:36PM

    @ProudPakistani: Please check Pakistani contribution to Dalit cause on Wikipedia! As leader of the Scheduled Castes Jogendra Nath Mandal was one of the central and leading Founding Fathers of modern state of Pakistan. He, however, realized his folly in 1950 when thousands of lower caste Hindus were massacred in East Bengal generating a wave of refugees to India. He himself fled to India and submitted his resignation to Liaquat Ali Khan, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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  • Rajendra Kalkhande
    Mar 17, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Islam of Indian subcontinent has all the footprints of Hinduism. Caste system is still prevalent among Muslims of subcontinent. Even Sikhs suffer from this problem. Caste loyalties often override even religious loyalties. Being a Hindu myself, even I feel very happy when I see my Muslim caste counterparts’ achievements, even if they are from Pakistan. Blood is always thicker than anything else. However, being a human its shame when we treat fellow human being with so much contempt.

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  • Ashamed
    Mar 17, 2012 - 8:43PM

    This is the reality of the Land of the Pure in sharp contrast to the big claims made by the military and mullahs about how Islam treats everyone equally!

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  • Babloo
    Mar 17, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Every indian and Pakistani must read the resignation letter of Mr Jogendar Nath mondal from the 1st cabinet of Pakistan to Liaqat Ali khan. If you have a heart, you will weep , irrespective of the religion you belong to.

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  • A2Z
    Mar 18, 2012 - 1:51AM

    Yet another attempt to convert social problem into a religious one. In simple words “Poor has no access to schools in whole subcontinent. More and more people are falling into this class due to corrupt political elite.”

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 18, 2012 - 4:21AM

    @proud pakistani,
    DOnt forget Jinnah and Gandhi were Dalit too.

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  • ali
    Mar 18, 2012 - 6:58AM

    how can there be 7 million dalits in pakistan? 7m/180m = 3.8 %

    so dalits are almost 4 % of pakistans population? Lol has tribune turned into a joke? and please stop censoring.

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  • vasan
    Mar 18, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Ali Tanoli : You post lies all the time : Gandhi was not a dalit, He belongs to Vysya community. And about Jinnah ?? Do muslims practice castes ??? I thought you forced dalits to convert to islam so that every one will be equal and no castes ??

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