Caste discrimination

by Laurie Anstis on April 23, 2013

Section 9(5) of the Equality Act 2010 contains a power for the government to legislate to include caste as an aspect of race discrimination.

There has been controversy over whether caste can be included as an aspect of race discrimination even without such an amendment, but recently the government has come under pressure in Parliament – and particularly from the House of Lords – to implement section 9(5).

Last week the House of Commons voted against a Lords amendment which would have implemented section 9(5), but yesterday the Lords persisted with their amendment.

For today’s commons debate, the government has tabled an amendment accepting the House of Lords amendment, so it now seems very likely that section 9(5) will be implemented, making caste discrimination unlawful.