Thursday, September 14, 2006

India in low caste marriage plan

India is trying to up the benefit for intercaste marriage in order to further weaken the caste structure. People who agree to marry anyone from the two lowest castes are entitled to up to 50,000 rupees (about $1100) in benefits in some states; India's national government wants this made the same across all states.

Oh, and if your friends and family refuse to show up at the wedding because you married someone downcaste, you can always hire guests to come to your wedding -- and at a highest price of 600 rupees each, that 50,000 incentive will make up for quite a few missing family members.

Frankly, anything that helps to destroy the caste system is a good thing.