Westminster Conference

Caste & UK Discrimination Law

CasteWatchUK held its conference on Tuesday 6th November, 2007 on raising awareness about Caste Discrimination occurring in the UK. The conference was held at The Palace of Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA.....
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Sandwell Conference
Fighting Caste Discrimination in the UK

Held on Sunday, 15th July 2007, at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 3DE. The conference brought together scholars, social activists, academics and community leaders  to address topics ....
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Press Releases

NIESR Confirms Caste Evidence - Read more..


CasteWatchUK writes to GEO - Read more..


CasteWatchUK Press Release - Sikhs support "caste amendments" to Single Equality Bill - Read more..


CasteWatchUK conference - “ Caste and Indian Christian Diaspora” - Read more..


CasteWatchUK under attack from Hindu Council UK for leading Equality Campaign - Read more..


Is Caste Prejudice still an issue? - by John McManus, BBC - Read more..


CasteWatchUK organises  Get Involved  seminar on Caste and Single Equality Bill - 15 August from 13.00 - 17.00 at Conference Theatre, Saturn Facilities, 101 Lockhurst Lane, Coventry, CV6 5SF -Read more..

Caste (Biradri) system destroying Birmingham politics, claims councillor... - Read more..


Indian-born MP wants caste bias banned in Britain. -Read more..

Messages

CasteWatchUK is interested to hear from you, especially, if you have been a victim of Caste discrimination. You may have been a victim of Caste name-calling, or you may have been bullied or your personal relationships have may been threatened or affected. Alternatively, you may know someone who has been affected by Caste. We would like to hear from you.

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 What is Caste Discrimination?
 

Caste Discrimination (Casteism) is worse than racial discrimination.

Caste is associated primarily with cultures of the Indian sub-continent. The term ‘Caste’ itself is not an Indian one, coming from the Portuguese casta, meaning ‘race’ or ‘pure stock’. Indians themselves do not have a single term for describing the Caste system as a whole, but have a variety of words referring to different aspects of it, the two main ones being varna and jati.

The varna consists of four categories, each ranked differently in terms of social honour. Below these groupings are the so-called ‘untouchables’- those in the lowest position of all. The Jati are locally defined groups within which the caste ranks are organised. Jati is coupled with one’s occupation and the meaning of varna in Sanskrit is ‘colour’ that signify a social category or a social classification. It is used to enforce a social stratification but does not mean colour of skin.

According to those who practice and promote it, Caste is determined by birth and cannot be changed. In a class based system there is 'vertical mobility' but this is denied in a Caste based system.  In India, Social Stratification, historically, gave rise to 'Untouchables'. Although, practice of Untouchability is legally prohibited in India but 'Untouchables' continue to be shunned socially and economically. Each Caste continues in a state of social paralysis antagonistic and hostile towards each other's interests.

Statement of policy
                          
1. In the interest of clarity, we wish to state that CasteWatchUK is an independent and secular organisation not affiliated to any religious or political group whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.

2. CasteWatchUK campaigns against Caste Based Discrimination (CBD) and not against any religion or religious group. We understand CBD to be historical and cultural phenomenon that inflicts many communities worldwide but significantly inflicts those of the Indian Sub-continent - where numbers affected finds no parallel.

3. Our membership is drawn from wide range of different religions/non-religious backgrounds.

4. To avoid offending any faith, discussion on religion is barred from our deliberations. 

5. CasteWatchUK does not persuade, entice, proselytise or seek to convert anyone to any faith or to cause affiliation to any faith.

6. CasteWatchUK works with faith based and non-faith based organisations that are keen to join our campaign to make Caste Discrimination Unlawful.

7. CasteWatcUK's main focus of work is within the UK.

 

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 Forthcoming Event
 

'Ground Breaking Caste Test Case'... Read more...


'Have you been discriminated on grounds of Caste. Have your say ...' Read more...


 Seminar on Hinduism, Casteism and Development  10th April  2010.Read more...

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