Inter-caste marriage

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Inter-caste marriage in India have been gradually gaining acceptance due to increasing education, employment, middle-class economic background, and urbanisation. According to a survey in 2014, about 5% of Indian marriages then were inter-caste.[1][full citation needed]

In the 2010s, inter-caste marriages in India have been publicly encouraged and supported by some politicians, such as C. N. Annadurai, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.[2] Social activists, such as Periyar E. V. Ramasamy,[3] Raghupathi Venkataratnam Naidu[citation needed] and Manthena Venkata Raju,[citation needed] advocated for changes in the law and custom earlier, since the 1970s in the case of Ramasamy.

In 2015, the government of the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh offered a cash award for inter-caste couples.[4][needs update]

The Supreme Court of India has also declared[when?] that inter-caste marriages are in the national interest and a unifying factor for the nation[5] and there is no bar[when?] in inter-caste or inter-religion marriages in India.[6]

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  1. ^ 'Caste no bar', in words if not in action
  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, BBC, 29 January 2015, accessed 24 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Lawyer's Collective". Archived from the original on 2015-09-10.
  6. ^ "Infochange India".