MPs approve ban on caste discrimination


The government has agreed to outlaw discrimination on the basis of caste, extending legal protection to the estimated 400,000 Dalits - so-called untouchables - who live in the UK.

As MPs debated Lords amendments to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill on 23 April 2013, Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said that caste discrimination was "unacceptable" and "should not be tolerated".

Peers have twice voted to add a commitment to ban caste discrimination to the bill, defeating the government; the first defeat was overturned in the Commons, before the government changed tack.

"Very strong views have been expressed in the Lords on this matter and in light of those views we have reconsidered our position and agreed to introduce caste-related legislation," Ms Swinson said.

Shadow equalities minister Kate Green said the move marked "a good day for equality".

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