A powerful new exhibition, Broken lives: Slavery in modern India, opening on 26 June 2015 at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, provides a glimpse into the experiences of India’s Dalit community. This is the first ever exhibition to look specifically at the modern slavery and human trafficking of Dalits in India. The word ‘Dalit’ means broken, crushed or oppressed. Dalits were known formerly in India as ‘Untouchables’, because many avoided physical contact with them for fear of tainting their own religious purity or social superiority. Although Untouchability was outlawed by the Indian constitution, the practice still persists in some parts of the country today. Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, said: ‘This exhibition reveals that many forms of slavery and enslavement still exist around the world. ‘Up to half of the victims of modern slavery

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