Does untouchability exist among Muslims? Evidence from Uttar Pradesh

Prashant K. Trivedi, Srinivas Goli, Fahimuddin, Surinder Kumar

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Untouchability forms a crucial criterion for inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes. It is rarely discussed with reference to Muslims. A household survey was conducted in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh to examine contradictory claims about the practice of untouchability by non-Dalit Muslims and Hindus towards Dalit Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. A section of Dalit Muslim respondents report existence of untouchability in dining relations, habitation, social interaction and access to religious places. Surprisingly, a higher proportion of non-Dalit Muslims corroborate these claims.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


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