India's constituent assembly adopts a measure abolishing the status of "untouchability" in any form and under any label. Moreover, any observance of this status will be punishable by law. This measure is intended to become part of India's constitution.
In India, untouchables are required to live in their own villages or at least in their own buildings. In some areas, especially southern India, untouchables have to give warning of their approach. According to traditional Hindu beliefs, people who committed serious crimes in past lives are reborn as untouchables.