Asif Ali Malik
Ph.D Research Scholar
Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore (M.P)
Abstract: The country India where we live has not yet understood the concepts of equality, fraternity and brotherhood. The condition of Women of India in general is highly pathetic and heart-throbbing as they are subjected to enormous quandaries. But in the case of Dalit women, plight is at zenith even today; their condition is doleful and elusive. The country India which exalts for its modernity, secularism and development is nothing but a feigned explicitly. The fact is that even in the so called modern India; Dalit women still faces dreadful violence, exploitation and oppression not only at the hands of upper caste Hindus but also by their own community male dominants. Dalit women are still waiting for their upliftment in all social, economic, political and educational spheres of life. They are treated as cruddy and smutty by the centuries-old caste system. Through the Sivakami’s novel The Grip of Change, this paper throws light on the subdued nature of Dalit women in India who are bamboozled and tattered on multiple grounds. On the top of that this paper highlights the cue generated by Sivakami in the lives of Dalit women in order to resurrect their lost identity in the society of tyrants.
Key Words: Dalit Women, Oppression, Discrimination, Exploitation, Subjugation, Patriarchy, Caste Prejudice, Corruption, Hypocrisy, Polygamy, Education and renovation.