Inter-caste Marriage

Dear Reader,

Traditionally, the caste system in India forbids marriage outside the same caste. However, in the past few years inter-caste marriages have gradually gained acceptance due to increasing education, employment, middle-class economic background, and urbanisation, mostly provided by the central government in light of the increasing number of such marriages and in an effort of integrating the dalits or untouchables in government job positions.

However there are advances on this matter mostly in the capital, inter-caste marriage remains particularly frowned upon  in the countryside where these unions primarily take place on the traditional grounds of jatis (higher-caste) and up-jati (sub-caste), forcing the spouse of the higher caste to be alienated from his family and community.

Deepak and Meene are couple married outside of their castes in Jaisalmer. I met them in their little store where they sell beautiful embroidery and patchwork made by underprivileged or divorced women from the region. 

3 thoughts on “Inter-caste Marriage

    1. Hello and thanks for your comment.
      Absolutely right what you say. I understand that things might be moving faster in Delhi but in the countryside it will continue be a more sensitive topic for some time.
      Do you believe things are moving into the right direction?

  1. I am far from an expert on the subject but things are changing more in the cities for sure. At least Sati or suttee seems to no longer exist so that’s a good start. Of course then there is also the subject of arranged marriages that I think is wrong too. Marriage should be based on love , nothing else.

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