Access to Justice
Inclusive Economic Participation of and Sustainable Development
Child Rights Education and Development
Sustainable Livelihood through Dalit Women Federation
Access to Right to Housing and Land Entitlements
Inclusive Disaster Management and Humanitarian Aid
Campaigns for Effective Implementation of Anti-Discriminatory Legislations
Caste Atrocities and Human Rights Violations against Dalit and Adivasi communities are regular phenomenon and growing every day with the more cruel forms. Dalit Human Rights Monitoring is the one of the thrust activities of SASY to bring out the facts of gruesomehuman rights violations committed against Dalits, Women, Children, Adivasis and other weaker sections of the society, such as caste based discriminations, atrocities, social exclusions, police torture, encounter death, custodial death, violence against women, corporal punishment, violence against minorities and other oppressed communities.Dalit human rights monitoring follows the human rights standards, local, international human rights treatiesthroughconducting fact finding mission scientifically.
Fact-finding missions are carried out immediately after theincident of caste atrocities, human rights violationsoccurred or reported in the field. The Dalit Human Rights Defenders or Fact Finding team will rush to occurrence placesand meet the affected persons to console them and meet immediate need including medical treatment, protection and etc. The team will collect the facts and obtain necessary documents and evidences. Theteam meet the survivors, witnesses, perpetrators, civil society and concern government officials such as Police, Revenue, Judiciary, Doctors and other concerned district and state authorities. The Reports are prepared based on the facts, information and status of human rights violations measured with the effectiveness of law and other human rights standards for further interventions on behalf of the survivors to access justice system.
Capacitating Dalit Communities, Dalit Civil Societies and Community Led Organisation (CLOs) on economic rights, tracking allocations of state and central budget under Special Component Sub- Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) for its effective implementation and to better access to the Dalit and Adivasi communities. Mentoring and nurturing Dalit Youths to better access to higher education through accessing post-matric scholarships to enroll into professional’s education to ensure bright future.
The caste system continues to be the basis of larger social norms and practices in India. The norms of hierarchy, untouchability and exclusion of Dalits in society are reflected in the school by the untouchability practices of dominant caste children, teachers and society on Dalit children.Crimes against Children reported high in India, In 2015 Crimes against children reported in India is 94172 and 2617 in Tamil Nadu.
SASY protecting and promoting the rights of Children through Children Resource Centre (CRC) program which is lighting lamp of education to the poor Dalit and Adivasi children.It breaks the historical barriers and enabling positive environment for the children to enjoy their rights, childhood, enhance their skills, capacity, education and development. It supports the children to free from the domestic work and corporal punishments in schools. The CRC is functioning in the evening hours after the school where the children are enjoying their rights through play and learning. The children movement for climate justice engaging them on awareness on Climate Justice through cultural programs, saplings, removing and collecting polythene in the villages, kitchen garden, seed festivals, encouraging and exposure to organic form of agricultural activities and etc in their villages and it is attracted the children and they are very much interested by doing and engaging themselves very active in all the programs.
SASY improving the economic life conditions of Dalit and Adivasi communities through Imparting life skills, livelihood programs, promoting entrepreneurship among rural, urban poor especially among women, tracking the implementation of government budget allocations for the Dalit and Adivasis communities, welfare schemes, skills development programs for ensuring better access to economic rights, inclusive growth and development. Around 2057 proactive rural Dalit women members were federated to access the economic development programs and benefiting through livelihood economic development programs.
Right to adequate housing is fundamental rights guaranteed under the Indian constitution and Un International treaties, despite Dalits and Adivasis are landless and not having adequate housing due to the caste hierarchy, social exclusion and poverty. 90% of the Dalits are still-lives in one room house in India.
SASY built 432 concrete houses for Dalit and Adivasi communities who have been socially excluded from the Tsunami relief and Rehabilitation in Cuddalore districts and proactively engaging in gaining housing land patta (title) for these communities from the government and empowering the Adivasi communities to access land title under the Rights to Forest Act 2005.
Any natural disasters are not bound by regional or national boundaries, nor are they ‘caste’ prejudiced, yet the Dalits are found to be the worst victims of any grave emergency. It is therefore important to understand the background of Dalit marginalisation from the social exclusion perspective. It is these given pre-existing conditions of vulnerabilities posed by untouchability practices and discrimination based on caste that gets magnified and multiplied into various forms of systemic and societal exclusion of Dalits in emergency situation, in disasters.
Even in cases where there is no intentional bias against Dalit communities, the lack of knowledge about their vulnerabilities, not mapping these communities in the context of the disaster and prevalent norms of operations result in the administration not taking the cause of Dalit and other marginalized communities in times of disaster. The local political structures condition even the humanitarian agencies besides the government who are the primary responders to disasters, from seeing through the caste specific vulnerabilities of a particular community and helping them out.
SASY, engaging in inclusive approaches of disaster risk reduction and management undertakes, survey, research, vulnerability mapping, humanitarian response with community participation for ensuring their resilience.
Over the recent years, however, Dalit and Adivasi communities have been increasingly and powerfully asserting their rights and demanding the entitlements denied to them for centuries, as well as protection of the few entitlements they enjoy. This has resulted in a further increase in atrocities against them, with new forms of caste/ethnicity, class and gender based discrimination and violence emerging over the years.National Coalition for Strengthening the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act (NCSPA) emerged on 25 June 2009 with collectives of Dalit organizations, movements, grassroots level campaigns across India to effectively implement the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes [prevention of Atrocities] Act 1989 and bring amendments in this existing Act to protect the Dalits and Adivasis communities from the emerging newer forms of discrimination and atrocities.
SASY leads this campaigns at Tamil Nadu state widening this knowledge about this Act to the Dalit and Adivasi communities, Dalit Rights Movements, Civil societies, Women Movements and through organizing capacity building training programs, publishing booklets, posters, conferences and etc to ensure effective implementation of this Act and access to justice of the Dalit and Adivasi communities.
- END UNTOUCHABILITY
- NO MORE ATROCITIES AGAINST ADIVASIS AND DALITS!
- ANNIHILATE CASTE!
- SAVE THE DEMOCRATIC VALUES OF CONSTITUTION!