Christians in India observed Dalit Liberation Sunday to show solidarity with Christians of lowly origin who face discrimination.
The theme of this year’s event on Nov. 8 was “Challenging Caste: Affirming the Dignity of Dalit Women.”
The Office for Scheduled Castes-Backward Classes of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), which comprises Protestant and Orthodox churches, urged the Christian community to remember the Dalit faithful, especially Dalit women who are worst affected.
“This land, where female deities are worshiped as power, knowledge and wealth, has become the most unsafe place for women. Facts show that Dalit women suffer the horrors more than Dalit men,” Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak, chairman of the Indian bishops’ Office for People of Socially Poor Castes and Tribes, said in his message.