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scheduled caste

(in India) the official name given to the lower castes that are now protected by the government and offered special concessions.
Compare Harijan, untouchable (def 5). Unabridged
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scheduled castes

plural noun
certain classes in Indian society officially granted special concessions See Harijan
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