What it shies away from recording is the caste of the perpetrators. Are rape and murder of Dalit women carried out by men from their own caste? From other castes?
In the absence of the castewise data of perpetrators, it becomes impossible to understand the caste nature of the crime — and crimes against SC women remain a statistic.
It is widely acknowledged by sociologists and activists that women from SCs are doubly cursed: They are victims of both gender injustice and social inequality. Speaking at a convention on the Rights of Dalit Women in January this year in Ahmedabad, Hemangi Kadlak, assistant professor at Amity University, Mumbai, and an active member of the Phule-Ambedkarite movement, said: “We Dalit women have been speaking, screaming, shouting, but nobody is listening or noticing our voice.”
One way that this can happen is that the state chronicles the challenges and threats to Dalit women.