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Caste or cash? Tell us

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September 15, 2006 12:56 IST

The Union ministry of social justice and empowerment's latest proposal to dismantle the caste system involves cash inducement.

 

According to Social Justice Minister Meira Kumar's proposal, upper caste Hindus who marry from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes will be given a cash award of Rs 50,000.

 

The proposal is yet to be accepted by various states, since it divides the financial burden equally between the social justice ministry and the state governments. Apart from this, various states have their own system of award for inter-caste marriages in place.

 

But tell us, dear reader, will you marry outside your caste for the money? Or do you think the caste structure that is in place, despite its many iniquities, is not to be messed with? Tell us your opinion.

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