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Law as an Instrument for Abolition of Untouchability: Case of Rajasthan

Girdhar Behari Sharma
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 10, No. 15 (Apr. 12, 1975), pp. 635-641
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4537028
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

After Independence, through the adoption of the Constitution, the promulgation of various laws and adoption of several executive measures in pursuance thereof, public places like wells, tanks, bathing ghats, etc, have been thrown open to Scheduled Castes. But the social practice of untouchability persists - in terms of religious inferiority, social disability, and economic inequality. Indeed, unless the economic conditions of the Scheduled Castes improve, they will not have the required social status. And, unless they get social status, they will not be able to raise their standards of living. In fact, the gap between the scheduled and non-scheduled classes, which was already fairly wide at the time of Independence, has become wider during the subsequent years. The Untouchability Offences Act, 1955, was passed with a view to eradicating the evil of untouchability. This article discusses how the Act has worked in the state of Rajasthan and how the content of the Act can be improved for its effective enforcement.

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