Inter-caste marriage

The Ancient caste system in India prohibits marriage outside the caste.[1] However, inter-caste marriages have gradually gained acceptance due to increasing education, employment, middle-class economic background, and urbanisation. According to a survey in 2014, about 5% of marriages are inter-caste in India.[citation needed]

In India, inter-caste marriages were publicly encouraged and supported by politicians such as C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,[2] and social activists such as Periyar E. V. Ramasamy,[3] Raghupathi Venkataratnam Naidu[citation needed], Ram Vilas Paswan[4] and Manthena Venkata Raju.[citation needed] In the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Government offers a cash award for inter-caste couples.[5] The Supreme Court of India has also declared that inter-caste marriages are in the national interest and a unifying factor for the nation[6] and there is no bar in inter-caste or inter-religion marriages in India.[7]

There is an increasing trend among users of online matrimony sites in India to declare one's willingness to marry outside their caste.[8] But still majority of the cases marriages in India take place within the caste. [9] [10] In many cases, those who marry outside the caste face many hurdles. [11]

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  1. ^ Bayly, Susan (2001-02-22). Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521798426.
  2. ^ "Love in the time of caste". The Hindu. 2013-07-27. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  3. ^ Anita Diehl. (1977). E. V. Ramaswami Periyar. A study of the influence of a personality in contemporary South India, Scandinavian University Books: Sweden. ISBN 91-24-27645-6.
  4. ^ "'Inter-caste marriage is the biggest weapon to end division in society … let every child get equal opportunity'". Times of India Blog. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
  5. ^ India: Cash reward offered for inter-caste marriages
  6. ^ "Lawyer's Collective".
  7. ^ "Infochange India".
  8. ^ 'Caste no bar', in words if not in action
  9. ^ Dec 18, TNN | Updated:; 2015; Ist, 9:00. "Caste rules in marriage, power, well-being: Study | Bengaluru News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-08-02. CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  10. ^ "What do India's Youths want? Marry Within Their Own Caste". Velivada. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Sakshi Misra case: Inter-caste marriage important, but deeper problem is belief in scriptures promoting hierarchical order". Firstpost. Retrieved 2019-08-02.
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