Dalits seek escape from India's caste system

Traditionally excluded from society and opportunites, some "untouchables" are making advances.

    In a special three-part series called "Breaking The Bonds", Al Jazeera is taking a look at people challenging stereotypes to create a better future.

    India's Dalits, or "untouchables", are deprived of jobs and discriminated against due to traditional associations with impurity and lower status.

    But in recent years, some members of the lowest caste grouping have been able to rise above traditional biases and discrimination to thrive in contemporary Indian society, including the political sphere.

    Prerna Suri reports from Mumbai on one woman who went from life in a slum to become a millionaire factory owner.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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