There are currently some However, this was opposed by Gandhi and Ambedkar eventually gave up the demand. After rejecting Hindu values, in he converted to Buddhism and was later followed by a large number of converts. It is estimated that well over 10, died while , were displaced.
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Dalits now profess various religious beliefs, including Hinduism , Buddhism , Sikhism , Christianity , Islam and various other belief systems. The term Dalit is a self-applied concept for what was called the untouchables and others that were outside of the traditional Hindu caste hierarchy. Ambedkar said that untouchability came into Indian society around AD, due to the struggle for supremacy between Buddhism and Brahmanism an ancient term for Brahmanical Hinduism. Eknath , another excommunicated Brahmin, fought for the rights of untouchables during the Bhakti period. In the late s, the Marathi word 'Dalit' was used by Mahatma Jotiba Phule for the outcasts and Untouchables who were oppressed and broken in the Hindu society.
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When the police arrived at the crime scene, their underwear was found discarded by the bushes. The women had both been stripped naked, beaten and slapped, and then brutally gang-raped until they lost consciousness. One day in December , Rukanksha and seven other women had gone into the forest to collect firewood a few kilometres away from their village in Haryana, India. They were accosted by five men — a sweeper and four landlords — from a caste higher than their Dalit status.