Thanks to Sairat youths take up fight for inter-caste marriages

Thanks to Sairat youths take up fight for inter-caste marriages


Inspired by recently-released Marathi movie Sairat, a group of youngsters has joined hands to create a network to support inter-caste and inter-religious marriages. The group, apart from counselling, will find jobs for the couples and offer them protection in extreme situations.

Sairat Marriage Group was formed following heated discussions on social media over the movie. “When we posted in support of the film, critics taunted us to do something in real. We said yes,” said Harshal Lohkare, a volunteer, who is studying journalism.

The word spread like wildfire and within one-and-a-half weeks, they started getting calls expressing willingness to volunteer for the cause. Activists in support of such marriages came forward with suggestions.


“Six couples have already approached us and we are counselling them. We first understand their problems, which range from unemployment to caste and religion boundaries. Our job is to initiate dialogue and provide all possible help the couples need,” he said.

The group is likely to contact recruitment agencies and HR departments of companies to find jobs for the couples. Besides, around 20 flats in Pune have been identified where the couples can stay free of cost for at least two-three months after their marriage, if families refuse to budge.

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Rajasthan govt promotes inter-caste marriage with Rs 5 lakh reward

Rajasthan governmentt promotes inter-caste marriage with Rs 5 lakh reward.Government announced that couples of inter-caste marriages will be entitled to Rs. 5 lakh. The government has raised the sum inorder to promote inter-caste marriages. Earlier the amount for such marriages was Rs. 50, 000.For that one should belong to the upper caste while the other should be born in a lower caste family in order to make themselves entitled for the reward.



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Supreme Court to hear couple’s plea for protection:Inter-caste marriage

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea of a newly-wed couple seeking protection from their kin.The couple’s plea was mentioned for urgent hearing before a vacation bench of Justices P C Pant and Amitava Roy, with their lawyer seeking a direction to the police to grant them protection.

SUPREME_COURT Inter-caste marriage

According to the plea, an adult girl solemnised Inter-caste marriage with one Ashish, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, in an Arya Samaj temple as per Hindu rites against the wishes of her family.

The girl, hailing from Haryana, was residing “happily with her husband in Faridabad”, the plea said and claimed that her parents, on the directions of a ‘khap panchayat’, were trying kill her and her husband.

Khap panchayats, prevalent in northern India, are village councils generally dominated by members of a single clan or caste.

The couple has claimed they had approached the police in Faridabad seeking protection, but did not get any support.

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Inter-caste marriages still not cool in IT City

Inter-caste marriages are still considered a taboo even in a cosmopolitan city like Bengaluru. This was evident when enumerators conducting the survey visited some houses in the city.
Though there are many who have tied the knot from different castes, they are opposedto talk about it.Enumerators are finding it difficult to get the column on inter-caste marriage filled as couples are refusing to reveal their caste, especially if one of them belongs to a backward caste.
Many women, who opted for inter-caste marriage, refused to specify the caste of their spouses separately. They want to identify themselves with the caste of their husband’s family, said KC Kalavathi, a school teacher leading the survey in Ganganagar, north Bengaluru.

According to enumerator C Puttaswamy, some inter-caste couples said they have chosen to lead a life away from the caste hierarchy and should be considered ‘casteless.’

There is confusion over which caste should the inter-caste couple declare for their children. Several citizens who have converted (not officially) without the consent of their community elders are worried about the caste segment, since it will play a major role in seat and job reservations.

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Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-Caste Marriages

Just got to know that Ambedkar foundation has started giving financial help to SC people who did a inter caste marriage. They are giving 2.5 lakhs to each couple in 2 parts, 50% after marriage registration and 50% would be in fixed deposit in joint name of both. Deposits time period is 5 years.This scheme is called as  “Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-Caste Marriages.” 
Dr. Ambedkar Scheme Details
 The eligibility criteria are as under:
1. An Inter-caste marriage, for the purpose of this Scheme
means a marriage in which one of the spouses belongs to
Scheduled Caste and the other belongs to a Non-Scheduled
2. The marriage should be valid as per the law and duly
registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. An affidavit
of their being legally married and in matrimonial alliance
would be submitted by the couple.
3. No incentive is available on second or subsequent marriage.
4. Proposal would be treated as valid if submitted within one year of marriage.
5. The total annual income of the newly married couple, both put together, should not be more than Rs. 5 lakh.
(IV) Extent of Incentive
1. The incentive for a legal inter-caste marriage shall be Rs.2.50 lakh per marriage. The eligible couples would receive 50% of the incentive amount in the form of a DD in their joint name and the balance 50% incentive amount would be kept in a fixed deposit with a lock-in period of 5 years also in their joint name.
2. The Scheme would provide incentive to 500 such marriages in one year. Physical target for each state is fixed in proportion to the percentage share of SC population, as per Census 2011. The State-wise target for release of incentive
under the Scheme is annexed as Annexure.
3. The Scheme, to begin with would be implemented on a pilot basis for a period of 2 years i.e. 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Scheme would be reviewed in FY 2014-15 in the light of the recommendations of the EFC of the Umbrella Scheme and
also the final decision of the CCEA on the similar Scheme of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment which is already under implementation and its revised version is also envisaged to be as one of the sub-component of the proposed Umbrella Scheme for Development of Scheduled Castes (Centrally Sponsored Scheme).
4. An amount of Rs. 25,000/-, for each marriage, would be released to the  District Authorities for organising a befitting programme in which the incentive  would be handed over to the couple.

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Haryana hikes reward for inter-caste marriages

Any couple opting for inter-caste marriage in Haryana will now get Rs1 lakh as cash reward against Rs50,000, which was given earlier. The State Government on Thursday decided to increase the cash reward under the inter-caste marriage scheme. The decision was taken at a meeting of the State-level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee held here under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal.

The Chief Minister said that with the hike in the reward money, the number of inter-caste marriage would surely go up and help in removing caste discrimination. He said that such assistance should be provided through bank accounts under the Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana. The department should work on how to make the process the shortest so that financial assistance can be provided to the beneficiaries without any delay.

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Everest conqueror shunned by village

Shocking incident, Rahul Yelange, who was successfully climbed Mount Everest in May 2012, was boycotted by elders of his own Budruk village in Raigadh district of Maharashtra.

The problem started last March when the newlyweds decided to go back to their village to start dairy farming and train youngsters interested in rock climbing. “Initially, the womenfolk used to taunt my wife for not wearing the sari but sporting jeans. They used to question why Pournima does not wear a mangalsutra or the bindi. We were also not invited to village temple functions. All this was strange for both of us,” Yelange, who stays in a tiny hamlet, Yelangewadi, recalled.

When the couple started dairy farming on their ancestral property, the villagers did not allow them to fetch water from the village tap for the buffaloes.

So, the Everest conqueror has to trek uphill for nearly 20 minutes daily to fill water from a reservoir for his cattle.

“The breaking point came around two months ago when around 38 families wrote to the gram panchayat that they should not be held responsible if my buffalo shed catches fire. To safeguard my dairy farming, I also wrote a letter to Poladpur police station stating that I was concerned and disturbed by the letter written to the panchayat,” said Yelange. He added, “Apart from Mt Everest, I have scaled 16 more peaks as a mountaineer. However, I find it much more difficult to deal with the people of my own village. Why should we be isolated only because we are an educated and modern couple trying to go back to our roots and our interests?”

Reportedly, since Rahul and Pournima had a registered court marriage in Pune in January, 2014, before moving back to the village, some locals mistook it for an inter-caste marriage and so did not approve it. “Only after I came back to my village did I come to know of things like social boycott. I also know of another family that has been unofficially boycotted for more than 10 years now over some superstitious reason. All these social problems can only be resolved through education and scientific temperament,” said Yelange.
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Honour killing:Delhi University girl murdered over inter-caste marriage, parents arrested

New Delhi: In case of honour killing, the parents of a 21-year-old Delhi university student has been arrested for allegedly murdering her.

Bhawna Yadav, a final year student of Sanskrit Honours at Venkateswara College, was allegedly strangled to death by her parents Jagmohan Yadav, a property dealer and his wife Savitri.

Her husband Abhishek said, her parents reached his home that very night and said that they would get them married in a grand function and took their daughter with them.

On Saturday night, Abhishek got a call from Bhawna’s maternal uncle Lakhan who allegedly threatened to kill both of them. “Minutes later, I got a call from Bhawna that her uncle was drunk and he should ignore him. The next morning, repeated calls on Bhawna and her parent’s number went unanswered. Sometime later, I got a call from her cousin Sachin who informed me that Bhawna was cremated in Alwar, following which I approached police,” said Abhishek in his police complaint.

One of Bhawna’s neighbour Mahinder told police that her parents told him that she was bitten by a snake and he drove them to their ancestral place in Alwar in his car for some ‘tantrik rituals’ to get her cured. “Mahinder told us that Bhawna appeared to be dead when she was kept in his car,” the police official added. Following the disclosure, police nabbed the parents from their house.


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Only 5% of Indian marriages are inter-caste

In indian marriages just five per cent of Indians said they had married a person from a different caste, says the first direct estimate of inter-caste marriages in India.

The India Human Development Survey (IHDS), conducted by the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and the University of Maryland, also reported that 30 per cent of rural and 20 per cent of urban households said they practised untouchability. The IHDS is the largest non-government, pan-Indian household survey. It covers over 42,000 households, representative by class and social group. Its findings, yet to be made public, were shared exclusively with The Hindu. When married women aged between 15 and 49 were asked if theirs was an inter-caste marriage, just 5.4 per cent said yes, the proportion being marginally higher for urban over rural India.

There was no change in this proportion from the previous round of the IHDS (2004-05). Inter-caste marriages were rarest in Madhya Pradesh (under 1 per cent) and most common in Gujarat and Bihar (over 11 per cent).

 “This was an indirect way of estimating the extent of inter-caste marriages. We cannot say if it was accurate, but it was a way to approach the truth,” Dr. K.C. Das, Professor in the Department of Migration and Urban Studies at the Mumbai-based International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), explained to The Hindu.

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