The Government has opened a public consultation into caste in Great Britain.
It is about ensuring that there is appropriate and proportionate legal protection in place so that people are not discriminated against because of their origins. It is also about looking at how that sort of protection would be implemented in practice.
The big question to be considered is whether or not caste should be explicitly mentioned in the Equality Act. Although caste is likely to fall within the ‘ethnic origins’ provision of the Act, is stronger protection needed?
The consultation will close on 18 July 2017. The Government is hoping that employers, service providers and public authorities, as well as the wider public, will take part.
You will find the consultation document here.