Why is it an instance of microaggression?
Article 17 of the Constitution of India abolishes the practice of Untouchability, which was further criminalized in 1955 by the Untouchability Offenses Act.
Showing even the slightest reluctance while having any physical contact with an individual of a “lower” caste perpetuates the age-old discriminatory belief in the innately and legitimately inferior status of “Untouchables”.
What could be a good response?
If such an incident is minor and is restricted to the level of being construed as a microaggression, an attempt to reason with and to educate such individuals can be made.
However, if the gravity of such transgressions crosses into the territory of being criminally liable, one must seek legal recourse against such an oppressor.