Inter-caste marriage

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The 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.

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] and Manthena Venkata Raju.[citation needed] In the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Government offers a cash award for inter-caste couples.[4] The Supreme Court of India has also declared that inter-caste marriages are in the national interest and a unifying factor for the nation[5] and there is no bar in inter-caste or inter-religion marriages in India.[6]

There is an increasing trend among users of online matrimony sites in India to declare one's willingness to marry outside their caste.[7]

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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. ^ India: Cash reward offered for inter-caste marriages
  5. ^ "Lawyer's Collective".
  6. ^ "Infochange India".
  7. ^ 'Caste no bar', in words if not in action