Article 17 of the Indian Constitution
Article 17 has the provision for the abolition of untouchability and its practice in any form is forbidden. The enforcement of any disability arising out of Untouchability shall be an offence punishable in accordance with the law. The following acts are considered offence:
- Preaching untouchability.
- Avoiding entry of any person in shops, malls, hospitals, or any other public places.
- Justifying untouchability.
- Defaming a person belonging to the lower caste category.