ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Stigmatisation and Exclusion of Tribal ‘Kumari Matas’ in Yavatmal

The issue of Kumari Matas (tribal unwed mothers) in Yavatmal testifies to the sexual exploitation of tribal women by non-tribal men and subsequent stigmatisation and exclusion within village society and tribal community. The Government of Maharashtra, which has only lately acknowledged the issue and is unable to move beyond the paradigm of patriarchal morality, lags far behind Kerala in adopting a serious, sensitive and pragmatic approach to adopting preventive and rehabilitative measures for Kumari Matas.

Caste Conflict in Maharashtra

The demand by Marathas to repeal the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, as voiced strongly in the recent Maratha agitations, is critically analysed.
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