One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The official name given in India to the lowest caste, considered ‘untouchable’ in orthodox Hindu scriptures and practice, officially regarded as socially disadvantaged.
- ‘A study of health care among scheduled castes showed that 38% sought private medical help when their children became ill, compared with 28% for government health facilities.’
- ‘A higher proportion of intervention children came from the scheduled caste or tribes.’
- ‘Scheduled tribes and scheduled castes were more likely to consume tobacco than other caste groups.’
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