India expands payment scheme for Hindus to marry person of Dalit caste

India expands payment scheme for Hindus to marry person of Dalit caste

Government is to scrap income ceiling for cash incentive but critics say slow uptake is due to millennia-old prejudice not economics

India’s government has expanded a scheme offering payment incentives to Hindus who marry members of the country’s poorest and most oppressed caste, the Dalits.

A scheme introduced in 2013 offered 250,000 rupees (£2,900) to encourage Hindus from higher castes to marry members of the “untouchable” community, in the hope that it would help to remove the stigma of intercaste marriage and foster greater social cohesion.

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