India's lowest caste fights for its rights

Younger generation of Dalits starting to speak out against discrimination they face

His wedding is two months away, but Mr Sanjay Kumar Jatav knows it will not be a smooth ride - literally.

The 28-year-old budding lawyer from the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has spent the past five months in local government offices and courts to win the right to sit on a horse and lead a wedding procession to his bride Sheetal Kumari's house in the upper-caste-dominated village of Nizampur.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2018, with the headline 'India's lowest caste fights for its rights'. Print Edition | Subscribe