Protest over adding caste in US university’s non-discriminatory policy

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Discrimination because of one’s caste status has been outlawed in India, but the practice continues, even in South Asian diasporas in the US…reports Asian Lite News

More than 80 faculty members of the California State University have strongly protested against a recent announcement of the university to include caste in its non-discriminatory policy as a “misguided overreach”.

They said it will actually cause discrimination by unconstitutionally singling out Hindu faculty of Indian and South Asian descent, according to a PTI report.

According to the anti-discrimination policy recently announced by the California State University (CSU), caste-oppressed students will now be able to report anti-Dalit bias, which many students claim is a regular occurrence, it was reported.

According to the Dalit civil rights organisation Equity Labs, Dalit people are those who are at the bottom of India’s social caste system, one that is estimated to be thousands of years old, and who face discrimination and violence. They used to be called “untouchables” in India.

Discrimination because of one’s caste status has been outlawed in India, but the practice continues, even in South Asian diasporas in the US, it said.

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