The Mental Health Collective Breaking Through Caste Discrimination in India
Mental health cannot be apolitical, believes Divya Kandukuri, founder of The Blue Dawn, a community support group working towards making mental health more accessible to Bahujans. The term Bahujan is used to denote members of Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) in the Indian caste system. People from these communities have constantly faced discrimination and violence at the hands of those who belong to the upper castes. From being killed for owning a horse to being denied access to water, the oppression manifests in many forms.