many centuries, the Hindu and Peruvian civilizations have followed a
caste system of social stratification. Today, many belonging to the
upper castes or social classes still subjugate Dalits in
One significant similarity between Dalits and Campesinos is their
lack of education. A few Dalits benefit from government quotas reserved
for castes. Because only a small minority of Dalits have benefited from
Another similarity between Dalits and Campesinos is the political suppression of rights. Dalits are used politically by upper caste candidates, but they are forgotten as soon the election is ended, and their rights are not protected. For instance, during an election, Dalits are compelled to vote for certain candidates. Dalit villagers who do not vote as they have been told have been murdered, beaten, and harassed. Also, Dalits who have sought active participation in politics have been battered or assassinated to keep them out of political office. There are laws which protect Dalits from such abuses of the caste system, but these laws remain unimplemented because the upper caste isn’t held accountable, so the laws are not enforced. Campesinos as well are obligated to vote for “ricos” candidates under the menacing threat of being fired from their jobs. Also, Campesinos have laws which protect their right to vote freely, but they are not enforced. For instance, although the law mandates that employers should facilitate voting for their workers, they don’t allow them to go to the elections polls, and when a Campesino presents a complaint about this, the authorities never proceed according to the law.
Finally, the lack of legal protection for Dalits and Campesinos is similar. Dalits are dominated by upper caste organizations. They are discriminated against in all public institutions, which makes it difficult for Dalits to get legal protection. For instance, police often refuse to receive complaints about crimes committed against the members of this lowest caste. Similarly, Campesinos are not protected under the same umbrella of the law. They suffer discrimination and segregation and are often cheated by the rich. For example, when a Campesino’s cow accidentally wanders onto ricos property, they take that animal as part of their property, and because most ricos have connections with public authorities or the money to bribe them, it is impossible for the Campesinos to inquire about their rights against any member of the upper classes.
Dalits and Campesinos are indigenous to distinctive countries, both
groups are uneducated, suffer oppression and poverty, and lack
legal protection. These injustices committed against minorities who are
poor should not exist in any country because they conflict with the most
elemental human rights. But, sadly, this kind of class discrimination
still exists not only in