About one fifth of the entire Indian population are members of “scheduled castes” - known as Dalits, and formally known as the “untouchables” - and one priest says that despite laws meant to help them, they still face a “permanent stigma.”
Crux speaks to Rev. A. Marie Arul Raja, S.J., professor of religious studies at the Jesuit Theology Center in Chennai and a past International Visiting Jesuit Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross, about the steps India and the Church should take to ensure accountability, end discrimination, and provide restitution to those harmed by the caste system.
Learn more and watch Fr. Raja's lecture on Caste, Catholicism and India's Dalit»