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.