Dalits

Placed in the bottom of caste system

 Dalits are the broken people of the world

Constantly chased away from worship place

For being the impure ones

They live in fear

Of their own shadowFor that itself is also consider contamition

 If it crosses path with the elite.


The children are tortured

Their childhood stolen away 

Before they can utter a word

How can you have a childhood

When people chase you away

Because they are scared the mere presence of your shadow

Will make them impure?


Untouchable they are called

Sub human they are treated

Inferiors they are from birth

Yet, their women are not safe

And those same mouth that label them untouchable

And hand that oppress them

Are quick to molest

And rape the women….


Silent they remain…

For who is to protect a group

That is deemed cursed from God

Yet the blessings of their lord they do seek

 Despite being shunned away from temples

They gather the courage to pray

To resist

To live…


We speak of oppression

Here and there

Far and near

Yet who speaks about the Dalits?

The world enchanted by Bollywood

Yet no one is aware of the suffering

Of India’s untouchable

And, worlds oldest oppressed people. 

Although this oppression is ancient 

the wounds are still fresh…

The word Dalit is a name the “untouchable” people of India call themselves contrary to being called derogatory terms by the ‘elite’ members of the society they prefer to be called Dalits and it means “broken or suppressed” in Sanskrit… This piece is by NO means attacking the Hindu faith but rather just speaking out against the ongoing oppression of the Dalit people… Also, please refrain from making ignorant comments about INDIA! India is home to me just like Somalia is - and both have their good and bad. Finally and most important, this piece does not even depict an ounce of what the Dalit people face - youtube, google to learn more about their struggle.


Halima AhmedCopyright © 2011

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