"Inter-caste marriage is the most practical way to blur caste lines and render them irrelevant. " ~ B.R. Ambedkar
Caste is a notion, it is a state of the mind. The destruction of Caste does not therefore mean the destruction of a physical barrier. It means a notional change.~ B.R. Ambedkar
The real remedy for breaking Caste is inter-marriage. Nothing else will serve as the solvent of Caste. ~ B.R. Ambedkar
"छुवाछुत जहा जहा लुकेको हुन्छ, त्यहा त्यहा गएर प्रहार गर्नुस !" ~ न्यायधीश रत्न बहादुर बागचंद
"The approach towards elimination of caste-based discrimination has always been a one-way traffic until now i.e. targeted only towards the Dalits (so called untouchables). It should be the other way around. It is the minds of the non-dalits that needs to be cleaned. Non-dalits should be targeted, as they are the reason why the system still persists today." ~ Law Nepal
“My family did not accept our marriage even when we came back to the village after twelve years. I am seventy years old and not allowed to enter my relatives’ place and touch the food". ~ Meghnath Sharma, 70 years old.
“Those assaulting victims for the inter-caste marriage will face severe punishment as per the law,” ~ Deepak Raj Nepal, Chief District Officer, Bhaktapur.
“But, those who opposed our marriage tracked us down at the hotel in Nepalgunj. They issued death threat,” ~ Upendra Biswokarma.
“My relatives and neighbours turned against us,” ~ Mina Khadka.
"The victims must file the complaint." ~ SP Rajendra Singh Khadka.
" We had been getting threats from our families after coming to know that we were in love with each other. We married on our own at Pachali Bhairab because our families would not approve of our love." ~ Sagar Pariyar, Bhaktapur.
“This is not the only way to end the caste discrimination, but one has to start somewhere.” ~ Meira Kumar, Minister for social justice and empowerment India
Encouraging inter-caste marriages would break down discrimination and weave together millions of caste-segregated families, creating a new generation of “India’s version of Obama,” said Prem Chowdhry, author of the book “Contentious Marriages, Eloping Couples.”
“Caste has to be discussed more openly in modern India. We shouldn’t be so arrogant as to deny one of our main weaknesses. Helping inter-caste marriage take off in India would be a major attack on the caste system,” Chowdhry said. “For the future of India, it could mean much more time and energy to focus on lifting the majority of the country out of poverty.”
Sapana~Dinesh Memorial Award
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