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Gallery Space at Wagner and the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law present

Living untouchable: identity, activism and the human rights of Dalit women

Free event


25th April 2018


The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012, US


Pabitra Dash, Organizing Fellow and Activist, Adhikaar

Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor of Anthropology, NYU Gallatin

Jayshree Satpute, Director and and Co-founder, Nazdeek



Join us for the opening of Living Untouchable: Dalit Women in South Asia, the Spring 2018 exhibition at the Gallery Space at Wagner. Curated by Frankie Crescioni-Santoni, the exhibit features images by documentary photographer Sara Hylton. It is presented in conjunction with the panel discussion Living Untouchable: Identity, Activism and the Human Rights of Dalit Women.
Caste-based discrimination is a human rights issue affecting more than 260 million people globally, the majority of whom are Dalits living across South Asia. Dalit women and girls are one of the most vulnerable and at-risk groups, as they experience the weight of their caste with the triple burden of caste, class, and gender. Over the course of several years, Sara Hylton has been able to access a wide spectrum of stories from Dalit women in India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. With a naturalistic approach to portraiture and landscape photography, her Dalit series explores issues of intersectional discrimination and inequity, while at the same time poignantly capturing her subjects with a deep sense of dignity and intimacy.

The accompanying panel discussion will spotlight the role of activism, allyship, and community organizing in empowering Dalit women and advancing social justice and legal advocacy efforts in South Asia and the diaspora. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Pabitra Dash, Organizing Fellow and Activist, Adhikaar
  • Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor of Anthropology, New York University (NYU) Gallatin
  • Jayshree Satpute, Director and Co-founder, Nazdeek

The program will start with the panel discussion and Q&A from 6.30pm to 8pm. A reception will immediately follow from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Living Untouchable is cosponsored by the Gallatin Human Rights Initiative, Asian Heritage Month at NYU, and the International Public Service Association (IPSA). For more information, please contact


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