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Caste discrimination is to be outlawed in the UK after a vote in the House of Lords.
The Indian caste system categorises people into a social class from birth. It is impossible to move from one caste group to another and lower caste individuals are often discriminated against by those higher up in the arbitrary system.
Among the UK's large Indian community are around 400,000 "untouchables" - the lowest caste class.
The change in law will likely have large implications for Indian businesses whose employees will now be able to file a wrongful dismissal suit if they believe they were fired, or disciplined because of their caste group.
Conservative MP Richard Fuller said: "This is a straightforward issue, caste discrimination in the workplace is wrong and the people who suffer from it deserve legal protection. That's it. Beginning and end."
It is expected that laws banning such discrimination will be passed before the parliament ends in 2015.
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