Indian woman ‘boycotted’ over support for Dalit farmer

Source: BBC

An Indian woman in the southern state of Telangana says she is being “socially ostracised” because she supported a farmer from the Dalit (formerly untouchable) community.

Sama Indira, 50, from the upper caste Reddys, says her community association has imposed a fine of 5,000 rupees ($78; £60) on anyone who talks to her.

Police said the dispute was about land she had leased to a Dalit farmer.

Caste-based discrimination continues to take place in parts of India.

The Indian caste system divides Hindus into four hierarchical groups. Those outside the caste system are considered “untouchable

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