Topic – Indian society – salient features
1) Dalit women in India face the double whammy of caste based and gender based violence. Critically analyze this statement and suggest measures to improve the status of Dalit women?(250 words)
Why this question
Incidents of caste and gender based violence are on the rise with several incidents coming into the limelight in recent months. In this regard, analyzing the status of Dalit women in India who have to bear the brunt of much discrimination becomes important.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to analyze the status of Dalit women in India, whether they are still bearing the brunt of both caste and gender based violence or whether their status has improved to a certain extent. We are also expected to suggest steps to improve their status.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. You need to conclude with a fair judgement, after analyzing the nature of each component part and interrelationship between them.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight the growing incidents of caste and gender based violence and the effort by coalition of Dalit women activists.
- Give arguments and illustrate with recent examples that highlight the plight of Dalit women in India suffering under both caste and gender based violence. Bring out the fact that despite many promises, their status has not seen substantive improvement. Highlight the forms of economic, social, physical, mental violence that they have to suffer from.
- Give arguments showing that not all hope is lost. Bring out the aspects which have seen improvement in their status
- Suggest steps that could led to their empowerment – you may divide your suggestions under various heads like social, economic etc
Conclusion – Provide a fair and balanced view based in arguments made above.