Dalit communities, the historical survivors of the practice of untouchability, have shown their resurgence and resilience in varied ways against the collective social injustice and indignities in India. Constitutional, legal and policy-programmatic measures have meant to address the historical injustice have been half-met due to the entrenched caste-ethic that forms the strong base of resistance to any societal change. The realisation that marginalisation is systemic, multi-layered and inter-sectional and the process of resistance and struggle, have given visibility to the layers of marginalisation which form the underbelly of the construct of Dalits, which posit several ethical challenges and dilemmas.
COPASAH in association with People’s Health Centre, Dalit Human Rights Forum-Karnataka, Scavengers Dignity Forum; India unraveled the various contours of the intersectionality of Dalit marginalisation in terms of class, patriarchy/gender in addition to the embedded caste identity – viz. manual scavengers, Dalit women and Devadasis in a workshop in the 14th World Congress of Bioethics and 7th National Bioethics Conference in Bengaluru on December 5, 2018.