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Inter-Caste Marriages: Top Five Facts

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The number of inter-caste marriages is increasing in popularity, which makes it crucial to have information and an understanding of the actual nature of these marriages. Learn more about the most important facts about intercaste marriages.

  1. What is an inter-caste wedding? Inter-caste marriage is when a couple adheres to the same religious tradition, but to different sects or communities. In the present, with young people and women coming into a closer relationship, especially in cities, inter-caste marriages are increasing. It is the Supreme Court of India too has declared that intercaste weddings are ‘in the national interest’ and can help unite the nation.
  2. The way it started
    If you are beginning to doubt your position in an inter-caste society be reminded of the reason the system of caste was created in the first place: to categorize people based on their professions, each with specific rules and customs. In this way, society was specialized every member was aware of the role they played. Nowadays, however, very few remain in their jobs that are based on caste and, as a result, the system of caste has become obsolete.                                              Inter-Caste Marriages: Top Five Facts
  3. Subtle differences
    Being married to someone of another caste could bring many differences and conflicts between you. For instance, he could be a meat lover while she’s a staunch vegetarian. These may appear to be minor variations, but they can turn into major issues later and it is recommended that you and your partner meet and discuss how you will deal with them.
  4. Opposition
    Be ready for parents or those who are close to you to raise concerns or challenge your decisions. Be aware of what their concerns may be an attempt to speak with them to work the issue out. Don’t get angry and convince them with a calmness that this decision is the best one for them and that every marriage requires adjustments and compromise on both sides. Ask for help from a member of the family you trust, and whom you trust to be there for you.
  5. Benefits
    It can seem like a lot to discuss money when it is a personal matter such as marriage, however, to promote marriage between couples from two castes, governments of different states provide financial incentives and employment. For instance, the West Bengal state government, for example, gives intercaste couples a reward of Rs 50k. For Tamil Nadu, inter-caste married couples can apply for government jobs.

 

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