India Proposes Steps to Curb Caste Discrimination at Universities

Shocked and embarrassed by the numerous suicides by university students of India’s so-called lowest castes who face frequent discrimination, the Indian government is proposing a law to stiffen penalties for unfair treatment they experience on campuses, reports Mail Today. The latest suicide occurred this month by a student at the highly prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Kapil Sibal, India’s education minister, will add an amendment to a proposed bill that would stipulate a penalty for discrimination, including cases of religious and gender bias. In addition, future accreditation would depend on the “approach of the institution in matters of equity and inclusion.”

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