ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Legislating against Caste

Capturing Caste in Law: The Legal Regulation of Caste Discrimination by Annapurna Waughray; New York: Routledge, 2022; pp 336, £130.

In February 2023, Seattle City Council amended the anti-discrimination legislative protections in employment, public places, housing, and contracting to include caste as a protected category.1 In March 2023, the Toronto District School Board, the largest in Canada, moved to ban caste discrimination.2 In the United Kingdom (UK), meanwhile, the government has pulled back from its commitment to include caste in equalities legislation. Those wishing to understand the processes underpinning the attempts to legislate against caste around the world, and the opposition they encounter, would do well to read Annapurna Waughray’s informative book Capturing Caste in LawThe Legal Regulation of Caste Discrimination. For those, like me, who may be daunted by the prospect of wading through a legal treatise, rest assured that this is very accessible and engagingly written. Moreover, it is not confined to law, but pulls together the insights of law, social sciences, genetics, and history among other disciplines.

Caste and the Prism of Law

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Updated On : 25th Oct, 2023
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