Caste discrimination claims: Legal threats to businesses, public authorities and Dharmic community organisations

After several yimages (1)ears of lobbying by the Dharmic communities against the provision on caste discrimination in the Equality Act 2010 as well as against litigation in which claims of
caste discrimination have been raised, it is evident that there is still a deficit of information as to the impact of the introduction of caste claims in British law. Some of the potential impact has been addressed in the book Against Caste in British Law (Palgrave, 2015). Still, a need for more accessible information was identified and this post is a response to that need. DIPF therefore provides links here to three separate letters of general advice regarding potential caste discrimination claims and liabilities that could arise against the following groups:

1. Businesses

2. Public authorities

3. Voluntary organisations serving the Dharmic communities

The instances specified in these letters are not exhaustive of the ramifications of the developing law. However, they set out what could be real enough threats to the life of the Dharmic communities and their economic and associational freedoms. It is to be regretted that organs of government have not taken serious enough notice of these threats, while some have worked to promote the law on caste discrimination and to encourage litigation against members of the Dharmic communities. The situation is now so severe that the extension of the case law to cover caste discrimination brings in potential criminal liability against members of the Dharmic communities, the prospect of which has never been debated publicly. The law is thus being extended by stealth to threaten Dharmic communities and immediate action should be taken to prevent the entrenchment of such developments.

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