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Untouchability, in its literal sense, is the practice of ostracising a minority group by segregating them from the mainstream by social custom or legal mandate. The term is most commonly associated with treatment of the Dalit communities in the Indian subcontinent who were considered “polluting”, but the term has also been loosely used to refer to other groups, such as the Cagots in Europe, and the Al-Akhdam in Yemen.[1] Traditionally, the groups characterized as untouchable were those whose occupations and habits of life involved ritually polluting activities, such as fishermen, manual scavengers, sweepers and washermen.[2]

Untouchability has been outlawed in India, Nepal and Pakistan. However, “untouchability” has not been legally defined.[citation needed] The origin of untouchability and its historicity are still debated, but it is believed to have existed at least as far back as 400 CE.[3] A recent study of a sample of households in India concludes that “Notwithstanding the likelihood of under-reporting of the practice of untouchability, 70 percent of the population reported not indulging in this practice. This is an encouraging sign.”[4]

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