Caste discrimination is not expressly prohibited under UK equality legislation, but section 9 of the Equality Act requires the Government to introduce secondary legislation to make caste an aspect of race, thereby making caste discrimination a form of race discrimination. With caste being an incredibly complex issue, the effectiveness of using legislation to combat caste discrimination has been called into question by many different diaspora groups.
A recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment established that caste discrimination is capable of being unlawful under current law. The current Conservative-led Government is now assessing this case law to decide on whether or not secondary legislation needs to be enforced.
Westminster Masala recently caught up with Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow East. Mr Blackman is currently lobbying for repeal of the amendment to the Equality Act that many members of the Indian diaspora find objectionable as well as unnecessary.