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How land disputes are fuelling caste clashes in Rajasthan

24, Jun 2015

By Zubair Ahmed BBC Hindi, Rajasthan
24 June 2015
A heap of mud and bricks are all that distinguish this plot of land from the rest of the village of Dangawas in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.
Last month however, it was the scene of a brutal attack on its Dalit (formerly known as untouchables) occupants, who remain at the bottom of the country’s outlawed but still prevalent caste system.
Members of the upper caste Jat community had assaulted 16 Dalits who had been squatting there with a view to ‘reclaiming their ownership of the land’.


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