Christian Network Against Caste Discrimination (CNACD)
Government Equality Office has announced a ‘Caste Consultation’ ending on 18th September 2017.
Caste based discrimination (CBD) is alive and active in the UK amongst South Asians. Globally, in 132 countries, it is affecting 1.5 billion people, including 1 million in the UK of all faiths (Christians included) and causing the poverty of 1/3rd of the Global poor. The World Council of Churches (WCC) and Vatican have jointly selected ‘Caste Discrimination and Dalits’ as the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) and throughout the year of 2013. ‘Casteism like apartheid, racism and nationalism pose severe challenges for the unity of Christians’. WPCU exhorts Christians everywhere to fight CBD as they have done for Slavery and Apartheid.
Caste based discrimination is diametrically opposed to the long cherished British values of democracy, fairness, justice, equality, integration and inclusion. In tune with the traditions of abolishing Slavery / trade, the UK Parliament has enacted the Equality Act in 2010/13, with Section 9 (5) making caste as an aspect of race, and illegal. The UK Government is under the undue influence of a powerful lobby who oppose the implementation of UK caste law.
The UK Gov. Caste Consultation questionnaire is on line: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/caste-in-great-britain-and-equality-law-a-public- . Several organisations, leading academics and committed individuals involved in helping to secure legal protection against caste-based discrimination have come together and created a website www.casteintheuk.org. Please visit this website for Frequently Asked Questions , Guidelines and sample answers. The 2nd paragraph of the Guidelines provides the Questionnaire, to fill up and send before 18th September 2017. Because the questions are asked in a very difficult way a model format filled up questionnaire is available to facilitate your participation in the campaign to outlaw caste-based discrimination. Please add your name, email.
- Caste Consultation Blank Questionnaire
- Caste Consultation Questionnaire Sample Answers V1
- Caste Consultation Questionnaire Sample Answers V2
- UK.Gov.Caste.Consultation.ending-18th.Sept2017 .
Christians have a responsibility to fight caste discrimination within the Church and in the UK society. In a recently held Conference in London, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican, gave the key note address and expressed solidarity to out-law caste discrimination. We request you / your Church communities / organisations to provide wide publicity to this Consultation and encourage their participation by filling up the questionnaire in favour of implementing UK Caste legislation. Please support this campaign. This is the last chance to outlaw caste based discrimination in the United Kingdom.
Christian Network Against Caste Discrimination (CNACD), Fr. Gerard Mitchell, SJ.