Everything from knowledge to housing to career is determined by one’s social location. And so are relationships. We are familiar with the stats from 2014 on OkCupid, which showed that black women were the least desirable group (Asian men were rated lowest by single women). Closer to home, there is no survey to justify a similar situation for Dalit women, for the simple reason that no one has even asked this question yet.
My dating experiences began when I was in college. I met my first romantic partner around the same time I was beginning to identify as a feminist. This was also when I was coming to terms with my Dalit identity, something I was sure would never matter. I believed love conquered everything. I couldn't have been farther from the truth.
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Image: Detail of a collage by Flavia Fascendini.