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National Council of Leaders (NCWL), in collaboration with Equality Now, Equality Labs and Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network (DHRDNet), prepared a report on status of Caste Based Sexual Violence and the response by the state.
The book release program was organised at Manuski – Pune, by Equality Now in collaboration with DHRDNet and NCWL.

On May 27, 2022, a report titled “Caste-Based Sexual Violence and State Impunity” was released at Manusaki, Yerawada, Pune. On this occasion, Dr. Prashant Naranware, Commissioner of Social Justice and Special Assistance Department (SJSA), Pune, Mr. Dhammajyoti Gajbhiye, Director General, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute (BARTI), Pune and Hon’ble Anjali Apte, Retired District and Sessions Judge were invited as the chief guests at the event. Manjula Pradeep, Campaign Director of Dalit Human Rights Defenders Network (DHRDNet) and Adv. Payal Gaikwad, Project Manager and Hon’ble Maitreyanath Dhammakirti, President Manuski, Pune were present.

This report brings forth an in-depth analysis of cases of caste-based sexual violence rampant across India. This book is an outcome of research carried out by Dalit women activists of the National Council of Women Leaders (NCWL), with a focus on 13 Indian states where they have been handling cases of caste-based sexual violence for several years. It demonstrates how caste-based sexual violence becomes a tool to deny Dalit women their rights to education and safe livelihoods, access to quality health care and basic services.