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Dalit Adhikar Network is an initiative visualized by Dalit community from the state of Rajasthan with support from ActionAid. It was realized that in such a situation of discrimnation amongst the dalit, a platform was needed to address the issues related to Dalit by organizing the Dalit community for their constitutional and legal rights through the interventions of the civil society organizations working to ensure rights of dalit equality.
Jai Bhim Vikas and Shikshan Sansthan (JBVSS) has been a leading partner organization in this network. The network in the initial years, in this capacity the network successfully raised the issue of Dalit lands (Article 42 (B) of Rajasthan Tenancy Act 1956). The network’s success has been progressive and taking shape at grass root level. In the process of building the network it was also realized that to know of the actual situation of Dalits at the grass root level, initiatives at the grass root need to be nurtured and strengthened the process to ensure the dignity of the community.
It has been observed that cases of atrocities and social discrimination particularly of rape and sexual assaults on dalit women are not reported by the media. Due to paucity of organizations and lack of proper advocacy in this area cases are not properly handled with the result that due justice is not provided to the victims and culprits usually go free without any fear of law and order. Hence a net work is proposed to be created for providing a common and effective platform for all those individuals, activists, and community based organizations (CBOs), Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and Public Organizations working on the problems and issues on Dalits in the State.
Two public hearing were organised. The network has reached to 45 villages of Jodhpur district, reaching out to 1418 families directly and population of 16014.The main focus of the programme was to evolve the women leaders from the community who would advocate for the rights of the women locally. A local CBO is formed in the name of Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch. The group has also taken up issues of the nomadic tribes to help them live their life with dignity. The group has also raised issue of citizenship rights of kalbeliya community and due to this intervention a Government has also consituted "Ghumantu board" for the welfare of denotified nomadic tribes.
Due to rigorous advocacy effort Rajasthan government has also significantly increased the allocation of funds towards the SC sub plan. The organisation is also involved with government in process of framing up the contigency plan under the section 15 of prevention of atrocity act.
- To develop leadership in Dalit community through leader camps to promote and achieve the target of Human Rights of Dalit community.
- To ensure processes enabling dalit Community members to assert their human and constitutional rights through democratic and constitutional ways.
- To facilitate processes so that the oppressed and exploited community members are protected from social, economical and cultural injustice and exploitation.
- Protect and sensitised the communities towards rights of women and child belonging to Dalit communities
- To sensitize the larger society towards the grave injustice and violation of Human rights meted to Dalit community.
- To facilitate processes so that the dalit community is able to access the benefits from the Central, State and Local Government Schemes, plans and programmes for economic and other developments.
- To facilitate processes so that they are able to be actively involved in designing the development programmes for their development
- To ensure legal and/or financial assistance to fellow members/organizations in case of injustice or atrocities.
- To conduct Study, survey and re-search on Dalit issues.
- To arrange conferences, symposium, seminars, meetings, discussions, debates and probes etc; to focus attention on the problems of Dalits.