Need to protest brutality faced by Dalit women: Amartya

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 15:50 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Welcoming the massive anti-rape protests following the Delhi gang-rape incident, Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen said the country should also raise its voice against the brutality with which poor Dalit women are treated.

"Everyone must welcome the anti-rape movement and all the recent things happening, including 'One Billion Rising' (campaign). To some extent, it is an important phenomenon. I welcome that," Sen said at a Reserve Bank of India programme here.

"But along with that, there comes the need to take up the question of poor Dalit women who have often been treated with brutality without much protests," he said.

A massive anti-rape movement swept across the country after a 23-year-old was gang-raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus in New Delhi Dec 16. She later died in a Singapore hospital Dec 29.

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