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Discrimination of Dalit Christians: A Social Justice Perspective

Author Affiliations

  • 1 School of Arts and Languages, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (3), Pages 64-70, March,14 (2015)

Abstract

The region of Tamil Nadu which consists of multi dimensional character and multi-layered structure attracted the attention of many social scientists particularly in the issue of discrimination against Dalit Christians. In this region Conversion to Christianity took place among all the communities, However, conversation among Dalits took very widely (70% of the converted Christians are Dalits) in order to improve their socio-economic status in the society. The; studies conducted by various social scientists reveal that the change in religion significantly improved their economical and educational status of Dalits. But the caste discrimination systematically followed against the Dalits even after conversion to Christianity. The present study focused on such an issue took place in Eraiyur village of Villupuram distrcit, the Dalit Christians of about 150 families complained that they were discriminated against in offering worship at the Annai Shahaya Mary church at Eraiyur. Since Vanniyar Christians constituted majority, numbering about 2000 families, they go preference in all church functions and Dalit Christians were relegated to the background. This study provides a precise analysis of Dalit discrimination and demonstrates between the two communities in concerned with social justice perspective. In the concluding section explicit implications for future policy development are presented that are designed to ensure that Dalit Christians are not further discriminated.

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