Why did the West give publicity to 15 year old Malala and not to a 40 year old woman killed in Khairlanji?
The obvious answer is that the Taliban is the enemy of the West. We spend money on drone attacks to kill the Taliban. Since the Taliban tried to kill Malala and Western Medicine restored her to life- we are entitled to praise her and give publicity to her cause (viz female education albeit private not publicly funded education).
The Kunbi caste of Maharashtra, however, is not the enemy of the West. We honestly don't know the difference between a Kunbi and a Mahar and are indifferent as to who should prevail in a dispute over a quarter acre of land. The truth is, they are not concerned with us and we are not concerned with them.
Roy has a different theory- she says
'Surekha Bhotmange and her children lived in a market-friendly democracy. So there were no “I am Surekha” petitions from the UN to the Indian government, nor any messages of outrage from heads of state. Which was just as well, because we don’t want daisy-cutters dropped on us just be cause we practise caste.'