Karuna Trust


Dalit and tribal women remain incredibly vulnerable to violence in India. Karuna support a number of women's organisations across India. We are helping them come together to work with local government, police, judiciary, and women to improve the appalling situation of low-caste women.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (327461)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




Dalit and tribal women across India continue to be extremely vulnerable to violence. They lack education, political voice, knowledge of laws and confidence. Common forms of violence these women face are verbal abuse, physical assault, sexual harassment and assault, and domestic violence and rape. These women don't have advocates, support, and so access to means of improving their situation. There are women's movements dominated by high-caste women and Dalit movements dominated by men.


Karuna's Maitri Network gives a voice to these groups of women who remain marginalised. Our pan-Indian women's network engages with local government, police, judiciary and local men. They work to sensitise them on the issues faced by Dalit women and to make sure laws are being properly implemented. Most importantly, they provide support and a voice for local women, so they can find ways to improve their situation, and so their issues can be raised publicly and solved.