Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Outlaw caste discrimination
The Liberal Democrat manifesto, published today, says
"We will... outlaw caste discrimination"
We had fought hard with others to insert a provision in the Equality Act to treat caste as an aspect of race, but the best we could achieve was to give the Government an obligation to make such an Order, without specifying a date for it, see http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/24/section/97. The Tories, under pressure from high caste Hindus, created a process involving two consultations, a feasibility study and other delaying mechanisms lasting two years, so that the law had not come into effect by the General Election.
People who want to end caste discrimination in the UK have an opportunity now to ask the candidates for their constituency standing in the election if they will support the implementation of this law without further delay in the next Parliament.