Untouchable

” ‘That man, that man,’ she said, ‘that man made suggestions to me, when I was cleaning the lavatory of his house there. And when I screamed, he came out shouting that he had been defiled.'” (51)

In a book about squalor, the caste system, and struggle, I found the assault of Sohini particularly disturbing. We continuously see the abuse the untouchables face, but this passage highlights the attitude held by society that those on the bottom (of the caste system) are worthless/insignificant, even when serious mistreatment is occurring. This attitude continues to poison both its victims and the oppressors.