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Untouchable?

Synopsis
Veerasamy lives in a small village in southern India where all the inhabiants are dalits - outcasts or ‘untouchables’ as they’re known in India. But even among the dalits, there are divisions, and Veerasamy belongs to the lowest scale of the hierarchy. The only payment he receives for back-breaking work, washing and steaming and drying the village’s laundry, is to receive the left-overs from their meals to feed his small family. Discrimination based on caste membership has been, theoretically, illegal since India first gained independence in 1947, but it’s an accepted part of everyday life across the continent. Whole families of dalit people exist effectively as bonded or slave labourers, cutting up rocks with their bare hands in a Tamil Nadu quarry.There are an estimated 100 million child labourers in India. Human rights organsations are now taking up the dalits’ cause and are calling for the end to this system of discrimination
Series
Life, Series
Language
English
Country
India
Year of production
2000
Subjects
Development studies
Keywords
caste system; India

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£30.00
Duration/Size
24 minutes
Year
2004

Distributor

Name

TVE

Email
General email: tve@tve.org.uk.Sales and outreach: distribution@tve.org.uk
Web
http://tve.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 91 (11) 26 410 684
Address
46 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3QJ
Notes
TVE works with partners globally to produce films on environment and development issues, as well as health and human rights. Most of the 600 films are available for sale on DVD for educational use. Previously known as Television Trust for the Environment.

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