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What is the caste system of Nepal?

posted Jul 11, 2010, 5:38 AM by Einar Olav Carlsen   [ updated Jul 11, 2010, 5:42 AM ]

The cast system of Nepal is banned by Nepalese Law but it still exists in many parts of Nepal. One is considered untouchable based upon the cast of which they are born. Someone claims to be superior claiming others inferior. For example, those who make the best knives in the world, the Kamis are considered untouchables in rural parts of Nepal!!! Influence of cast system is in marriage too, that is a person falling in a particular cast group marries someone in the same cast group. Bahun or Brahmin cast marries someone Brahmin or a cast near to it. Nepal is developing everyday and in cities the cast system is almost negligible these days. In rural areas of Nepal, cast system still prevails due to lack of education and awareness. An example of a cast system would be that you are cast A, either higher or lower, holding a higher or lower power in the community being affected by various casts B C D E and so on. It is possible to sue someone if he/she has discriminated you, the Nepalese law provides that. In Nepal, the cast system is being slowly eradicated by education and empowerment. Reed more...