Meeting of excluded women network in Asia
9-11 march 2008 at Bangkok-Thailand
BY: Kalavanti Raja from Pakistan
I am Kalavanti Raja, from Karachi
First of all , I want to thank the host of this
program for better arrangements and this
chance of discussion with you all.
On behalf of Pakistan, I welcome all
distinguished guests and participating
Contains four parts
Pakistan is a largest Muslim country in south Asia,
bordered by Afghanistan, Iran, India, China and
Arabian sea. It came into being in 1947.
Society is largely captured by feudal lords, religious
bigots and military generals
Population is 180 million which includes:
0.5% Budhist, Parsis and other minorities
DALITS IN PAKISTAN
Instead of Dalit, the word Scheduled Castes is
commonly used in media and masses and all
scheduled castes are treated as Hindu by religion.
Population is 2.5 millions belonging to 40 various
castes, mainly Menghwar, Bheel, Kolhi and Bagri.
Like other regions, untouchability and inequality
made Dalits economically marginalized and
socially excluded group.
Women have to face more inhuman social, physical and
mental trauma everyday including
Forced religion convergence
Rapes / gang rapes / kidnapping
For above common happenings, no case being heard or
registered. All law enforcing agencies are working under
the command of feudal lords who are killing their own
women in the name of honour [Karo Kari]
In such circumstances, who is Dalit women??? Having 03
demerits 1.Dalit 2. Women 3. Non-Muslim.
Earlier Pakistani constitution had provide