Nari Gunjan’s main focus is to access the rights of marginalised young girls and women from the Dalit community, in particular, the Musahar caste. The Dalit community plays a large role in the rise of dowry, illiteracy, malnutrition, sexual harassment and female mortality. Organisations like Nari Gunjan believes that education holds the key for economic, social, cultural and political change. The response to their work in the state of Bihar has been described as a "silent revolution by Human Rights Watch.

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Nari Gunjan [Women’s Voice] was established in 1987 by Sudha Varghese. Over the years, Nari Gunjan has worked with thousands of Musahar children and women in Bihar through educational centres and support groups. Since it began Nari Gunjan has spread its reach to the Musahar communities in three districts in Bihar: Patna, Gaya and Saran. The Dalit people were formally known as ‘untouchables’, and are still considered the lowest caste in Indian society.


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