Two advocates explain and challenge the caste system that has deemed hundreds of millions of Indians untouchables.
Manjula Pradeep remembers the bullying and discrimination she faced in elementary school. Her father tried to spare her the suffering by changing the family’s surname but his efforts only made the abuse worse. They were Dalits and there was no way of hiding it. Beginning in her adolescent years, Pradeep was a victim of sexual assault and other forms of violence. “All of these experiences made me strong as a person, but I also decided to do something in my life. I wanted to channelize my anger with something positive, with a long-standing impact on the lives of my community…” says Pradeep in the story she recorded for I Defend Rights.