15 million

people in Karnataka – or 24% of the State’s population – are Dalit or Adivasi

90%

of rapes in Karnataka are against Dalit or Adivasi women and girls

0 convictions

under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocity Act in 2014 in 13 of Karnataka’s 30 districts

Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike (KDMV) is a women-led non-governmental collective organisation, movement and social network that works for the social and economic development of rural Dalit and Adivasi communities, women and children in Karnataka State. Established in 2007, KDMV conducts human rights awareness programmes, advocates for land rights and social entitlements for Dalit women and supports survivors of caste and gender violence. The network has members across 22 districts of Karnataka and reaches more than 25,000 Dalit women at the district, village and block level.

Karnataka Dalit Mahila Vedike (KDMV) is a women-led non-governmental collective organisation, movement and social network that works for the social and economic development of rural Dalit and Adivasi communities, women and children in Karnataka State. Established in 2007, KDMV conducts human rights awareness programmes, advocates for land rights and social entitlements for Dalit women and supports survivors of caste and gender violence. The network has members across 22 districts of Karnataka and reaches more than 25,000 Dalit women at the district, village and block level.

 

In 2010, KDMV and other human rights defenders in Karnataka launched the Committee for Monitoring and Strengthening Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Karnataka (CMASK). CMASK produces an annual monitoring report entitled Implementation of the Schedule Castes & Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 in Karnataka. The report reviews the performance of the Government of Karnataka in the discharge of its obligations under the Act for the proceeding calendar year and presents data collated from a range of public sources, including through Right to Information requests.

 

Their 6th Annual Report, published in October 2015, made significant findings relating to zero percent conviction rates of cases under the Act, the absence of legally required special courts and the inadequate performance of Special Public Prosecutors.

 

From 2015-2016, Sisters For Change conducted a legal capacity-building project with KDMV to empower rural Dalit women in Karnataka State. In June 2016, we published a joint report highlighting extreme levels of violence suffered by Dalit women and girls in Karnataka State and following this report, launched a multi-state programme in India focusing on violence against Dalit women.

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