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In this paper I wish to present the devastating effects of the caste system on the educational, social, and economical status of Dalit women in modern India. My aim is to highlight the harsh reality of the suppression, struggle and torture Dalit women face every day of their miserable lives.  The hardships of Dalit women are not simply due to their poverty, economical status, or lack of education, but are a direct result of the severe exploitation and suppression by the upper classes, which is legitimized by Hindu religious scriptures. The horrendous Laws in the Manusmriti were incorporated into Hinduism because they were favorable only to the Upper castes, which form the majority of India. Even today, in modern times, we see the severe oppression and exploitation of Dalit women. The Laws of the Manusmriti have a devastating effect on the level of education reached by Dalit women. The creation of a number of Hindu religious books including the Manusmriti, Atharva Vedas, Vishnu smriti, and many others like these and their strict compliance by the Brahmans , led to a society in which equality between men and women was far from existent . Dr. Ambedkar, an architect of the Indian constitution, also makes it very clear in his 150 article titled “The rise and fall of Hindu woman” that the root cause of suffering for women in India are these so called Hindu religious books .  Books like the Manusmriti divide people into a stratified caste system and promote inequality between men and women. According to the Manusmriti, women have no right to education, independence, or wealth. It not only justifies the treatment of Dalit women as a sex object and promotes child marriage, but also justifies a number of violent atrocities on women. .  

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Dr. Kaushalya 3188
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