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

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Does Untouchability Exist among Muslims?

Untouchability forms a crucial criterion for inclusion in the list of Scheduled Castes. It is rarely discussed with reference to Muslims. A household survey was conducted in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh to examine contradictory claims about the practice of untouchability by non-Dalit Muslims and Hindus towards Dalit Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. A section of Dalit Muslim respondents report existence of untouchability in dining relations, habitation, social interaction and access to religious places. Surprisingly, a higher proportion of non-Dalit Muslims corroborate these claims.

Measuring Gender Disparity Using Time Use Statistics

Women's work in the household, in subsistence agriculture and such other activities is either not accounted for or is grossly undervalued in conventional data collection on work. One possible way of properly accounting women's contribution to the economy is to measure the time women spend on activities which are not included normally under the head of economic activities. This article, using data from the report of the time use survey conducted by the CSO, attempts to measure gender disparity in terms of the relative time men and women spend on productive activities.

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