DALIT WOMEN’S SUFFERINGS IN BABY KAMBLE’S THE PRISON WE BROKE
Dalit movement in Indo-political history is quite significant as it has its roots from Indian social scenario. The caste divide in India was originally based on the deliberate selection of ‘Karma or duty’ that an individual or a family may adopt as a profession or duty to the society. But this Varna-Vyavastha emerged as the lifelong curse for certain sections of the society particularly for Dalit community. Dalits were treated as untouchable and could not keep pace with the progress of society. Women were the worst affected sections of the society and family. Due to lack of education, crippled social and family structures, they were compelled to live a life of morbid absurdities. They could not even raise their voice against their mental, emotional, physical and financial servitude. Baby Kamble’s Prison We Broke is a heart-cry of a woman from Mahar society who accounted the incessant ordeal of a woman in the family, society and even at the mainstream of nation which extends equal rights to all genders and all citizens of India. Kamble’s autobiography is a valid account of an oppressed, socially marginalised, so-called low-caste woman who is subjected to incessant exploitation at all stages of her life and our crippled social structures legitimize it. Social taboos for a girl-child education muffle her voice forever.