The struggles of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) form a narrative that cannot be ignored when tracing the history of India. In Kerala also, there has been a history of discrimination against the members of the SC/ST community. Though members of the community have been given special considerations on paper, how far have these been effective equalizers?
While the harassment of Dalits continues to be common in Kerala, this article analyses the data regarding the cruelty against women belonging to the SC/ST community, in the last five years when the United Democratic Front government was in power.
According to the data, one woman each from the SC/ST community has been murdered in the past five years. A woman from the ST community was murdered in Palakkad district and a girl from the SC community was murdered in Kollam (Rural) district.