Seattle becomes first US city to ban caste discrimination

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Seattle City became the first US city to ban caste discrimination on February 21, and the first in the world to pass such a law outside South Asia.

An overview of the news

  • The anti-discrimination law, passed 6-1, states that caste-based discrimination transcends national and religious boundaries and without such a law, those who face caste discrimination would not be protected.

  • A proposal was introduced by a Hindu representative in Seattle's City Council (City Council), which sparked a debate among people of Indian origin.

  • There has also been a division among the South Asian community regarding this.

  • The people of this community are few in number, but they are seen as an influential group.

  • This step is being considered important in the direction of bringing social justice and equality.

  • On the other hand, some people are opposing it, alleging that the purpose of this proposal is to target the people of South Asia, especially Indian Americans.

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