A U.N. human rights watchdog called on India on Friday to halt racial discrimination against lower castes which it said were victims of arbitrary arrests, rapes and killings, as well as land evictions. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination said the more than 160 million Dalits — once known as “untouchables” — should be granted equal access to places of worship, hospitals, water sources and education.

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