[QODLink]
Europe

UK MPs reject law against caste bias

Hundreds protest in central London as parliament decides not to criminalise caste-based discrimination.

Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 03:27
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Britain's parliament has decided not to criminalise discrimination against people because of their caste.

MPs voted against adding caste discrimination to the Equality Act by 307 to 243.

The move came as hundreds of people who say they have been victims of such prejudice in the UK protested outside Westminister.

The caste system is still prevalent in Indian culture, dividing the population by social status.

It is estimated there are about half a million people from the Dalit caste in the UK.

The Dalit case is the lowest group, traditionally referred to with the derogatory term, the "Untouchables."

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from London.

98

Source:
Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
join our mailing list