Babasaheb Ambedkar, messiah of the millions of Dalits, declared that castes continued to be maintained through the sexual exploitation of women; and therefore, as mentioned earlier, women were gateways to the caste system. According to Ambedkar, the control on women’s sexuality could alone ensure that the closed character of the caste-system would be maintained. In his early years, he burnt the Manusmriti, not only because this codification of crude laws was anti-Dalit, but also because it was anti-women. Incidentally, it is a matter to be rejoiced that the Indian Association for Women’s Studies have started to celebrate Manusmriti Dahan Divas (25 December; the day on which Ambedkar burnt the Manusmriti) as the Bharatiya Stree Mukti Divas. Ambedkar repeatedly laid stress on the fact that the lower the position of the woman in the hierarchy the more intense her exploitation: a statement that serves as the foundation for the necessity of Dalit feminism. His resignation from the post of independent India’s first Union Law Minister, because the Hindu Code Bill that challenged casteist patriarchal laws was not passed, is one of the defining movements in the history of the struggle
against brahminical patriarchy.