CasteWatchUK was formed in 2003. It was formally launched in
July 2004 and registered as a Charity with the Charity
Commission in February 2005. Building on the momentum created
by the BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast in April and again in
May 2003 entitled ‘Caste Divide in Britain, CasteWatchUK has
been in the forefront in raising awareness of Caste based
Discrimination occurring in the UK.
CasteWatchUK has achieved national and international
recognition as the one of the leading champions of Caste
related issues in
It works alone and in partnership with a number of academic
institutions, politicians, community groups and organisations
promoting the rights of those who are victims of caste
discrimination in the UK, including the Dalit Solidarity
Network (UK) and Voice of Dalit International to tackle Caste
based Discrimination in the UK.
CasteWatchUK’s achievements include our:
input into the “Strength In
Diversity Consultations” Home Office White Paper consultation
constructive meeting with the Department for Education and
Skills in March 2005 to raise awareness of Casteism
key input into the Department for International Development
(DFID) / DSN organised conference in October 04 and again on
27 June 2007
in seminar at DFID to raise
awareness about the plight of Dalits in
India and the need for the British Government to effectively
target international aid.
lobbying of 200 MPs by letter asking them to signup to an
Early Day Motion (EDM) 346 in 2004 on Caste issues. This
contributed to a 12½% increase in the MPs signing up in
support of the EDM.
participation in a number of live radio discussions on
Caste including on Sangat Radio, under the topic “Does
Casteism have a place in Sikhism”, BBC Network discussions on
report by Human Rights Watch about the hidden apartheid of
Discrimination against Dalits in India.
participation in the SOAS Conference on Caste and its impact
on the Valmiki community.
formation of CasteAwayArts in February 2006 as an arts wing
of CasteWatchUK which began work on a play based on real life
experiences of Caste Discrimination.
collaboration with Dalit Solidarity Network
(UK) in 2007 to formulate the strategy to make submission to
the Parliamentary Discrimination Law Review.
successful conference in
July 2007 at the Sandwell Conference under the theme ‘Fighting
Caste Discrimination in the
submission to the Cohesion and Faiths Unit,
Communities and Local Government in response to their
questionnaire on Caste in the
in August 2007.
successful conference at the
Palace of Westminster under the theme ‘Caste and UK
Discrimination Law’ in November 2007 which attracted over 100
participants and three MP speakers
participation in the Annual General Meeting of
West Midland Branch of Trade Union “Unison” in December 2007
and where we successfully raised awareness about Caste
Discrimination in places of employment in the UK.
arts wing – CasteAwayArt’s – first play ‘The
Fifth Cup’ shown at the Drum theatre in
Some of the key dates in the history of CasteWatchUK’s campaign
to end Caste Discrimination in
Broadcast of BBC Radio 4 Documentary “Caste Divide”
CasteWatchUK participates at conference at SOAS organised by
VIBES (Young Valmikis)
Issue of Caste discrimination raised by CasteWatchUK at
National Level in academic arena for the first time. Dr Julia
lends support to CasteWatchUK
CasteWatchUK included in Dr Julia Leslie’s VIBES Conference (SOAS)
report. This report was circulated throughout UK’s Educational
CasteWatchUK formal launch at a conference at
St Mary’s Guild Hall,
The launch is publicised in a number of magazines and papers:
“Caste Action Group Sets out its aim” a news
article in Coventry Telegraph
“Reaching the untouchables” an article by Ken
Hunt of CasteWatchUK in the “New Humanist” magazine
news article in India Weekly
“Kick Out Casteism” - an article about
CasteWatchUK after St Mary’s Guild Hall Conferencehttp://www.asiantimesonline.co.uk/iframe_story.asp?NID=609
CasteWatchUK receives its first hate mail by email:
“Zabardasti ke chutyappe na pao...chhoti jaat chhoti hi rahegi.
Kauve ko tilak lagane se vo hans nahin ban sakta. England
jakar tum angrez nahin ban sakte, kutte the, kutte ho, kutte
From "Supercalaflagilisticexpialodosius" <email@example.com>
“Don’t start these f***ing things. Low caste shall always
remain low caste. If you put holy mark on a crow, it cannot
change into a swan. Just because you are in England, you
cannot become English. You were always dogs, you are still
dogs and you would always be dogs.”
Two special rapporteurs, Mr Yozo Yokota and Ms Chin-Sung Chung,
The Sub Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human
carry out a detailed investigation into discrimination based
on work and descent over the next three years.
CasteWatchUK takes part in CEHR White paper consultation
through CEHR project Team, Department of Trade & Industry.
CasteWatchUK inputs into- Strength In Diversity Consultations
– Towards a Community Cohesion and Race Equality Strategy 2004
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme CasteWatchUK raises awareness
about caste discrimination in UK
CasteWatchUK joins DSNUK at a Fringe meeting of Labour Party
Annual Conference at Brighton to raise awareness of Caste
Discrimination in UK.
Vivekanand Centre engages with CasteWatchUK
CasteWatchUK participates at a conference at the Department
for International Development seminar - “ Caste, Social
Exclusion and development in South Asia”.
Reena Bhatoa completes her Dissertation (MA) on Caste
Discrimination in UK.
CasteWatchUK noted as a respondee in
a summary of responses to a consultation. A copy of the
strategy Improving Opportunity Strengthening Society that was
launched by Racial Equality Unit of Home Office.
CasteWatchUK becomes a registered charity with Charity
Commission for England & Wales.
CasteAwayArts forms as an arts wing of CasteWatchUK following
a meeting with SAMPAD – a South Asian Arts Group.
CasteWatchUK becomes a registered charity with Charity
Commission for England & Wales.
CasteWatchUK participate on BBC Midlands TV highlighting Caste
Discrimination in UK.
CasteWatchUK attends a Caste-related play “ANUM” in
Wolverhampton and has a first meeting with the Director of the
CasteWatchUK meets Department for Education and Skills to
raise awareness about Caste Discrimination in schools and
CasteWatchUK receives coverage in an article in Guardian
European Parliament support for UNCHR Caste Discrimination
UN resolution for the appointment of two special rapporteurs
to undertake the study on the "Work and Decent based
discrimination" is adopted.
CasteWatchUK and DSNUK meet Head of communication at
Commission for Race Equality (CRE).
CasteWatchUK receives coverage in “New Internationalist”
magazine - July issue dedicated to Combating Caste by
Co-Editor – Niki Vander Gaag.
Early Day Motion in Parliament - by Jeremy Corbyn MP “Caste
Discrimination and Dalit People” fully supported by CWUK http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=28900&SESSION=875
CasteWatchUK writes to Mr Trevor Philips, Chairman, CRE and
head of the Equality Review Team.
CasteWatchUK sends feedback on Evidence of caste
discrimination in the UK to Equality Review Team.
CasteWatchUK and DSNUK supports debate on Caste Discrimination
in the Westminster Hall of Parliament
CasteWatchUK supports DSNUK’s research by providing evidence
of Caste Discrimination occurring in the
CasteWatchUK supports Dr Nicholas Jaoul, Paris University with
his research on Caste Discrimination in Indian Diaspora in
CasteWatchUK lobbies MEPs in Strasbourg EU Parliament
CasteWatchUK allows formation of Funding Sub-committee to seek
funds to help the charity.
CasteAwayArts is formally established as an arts wing of
CasteWatchUK and it submits its proposal for a drama based on
real life experiences of Caste Discrimination.
Media coverage in Guardian http://society.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329428613-105909,00.html
CasteWatchUK receives Equality Review Interim Report
The Equalities Review: Interim Report
for Consultation www.theequalitiesreview.org.uk.
Casteawayarts finishes the script for their play.
Dr Benjamin Zephaniah sends letter of support for CasteWatchUK
Response from Sarah Ludford MEP, Liberal Democrat regarding
EU-India joint action policy on Caste - EPQ response from EU-Commission
CasteWatchUK meets TSB Lloyd to discuss funding for the
“New Internationalist” magazine short-listed for Amnesty Award
for their July2005 issue on “Combating Caste”
CasteWatchUK included “Punjab Panorama” magazine on Caste
Discrimination in UK.
“Caste Divide is blighting Indian communities in
– claims report” News article in Guardian, UK
CasteWatchUK participates in BBC Radio 5 Live – Anita Anand
CasteWatchUK participates in the Asian Network –Gujarati
Programme on Caste Discrimination in U.K
“No Escape – Caste Discrimination in UK” – review by Jenny
Bourne of “Institute of Race Relations” http://www.irr.org.uk/2006/july/ha000013.html
CasteWatchUK on Kismet Radio – London – on Caste
Discrimination in UK
Mandrika Rupa from New Zealand interviews CasteWatchUK for her
documentary on Caste Discrimination in UK.
CasteWatchUK in SHAP Journal 2006-07 - World Religions in
Professor Paul Ghuman of Abryswyth University, joins
CasteWatchUK joins DSNUK in a meeting at House of Parliament
and forms a working group to seek the inclusion of clauses in
the forthcoming Single Equality Bill to make Caste
Discrimination unlawful in the UK.
“Caste & Credibility” an article by Lilia Rajiva - published
on the web-site of Commission for Racial Equality
CasteWatchUK participates in BBC Asian Network – Anita Rani
show - discussion on Caste Discrimination in UK.
CasteAwayArts hold audition for their Drama “The Fifth Cup” at
Ravi Dass Temple, Foleshill Road,
Adjournment debate in House of Parliament about the Punjabi
Community in UK and CasteWatchUK lobbies MPs to highlight
cases of Caste Discrimination.
CasteWatchUK awarded grant aid from Lloyds TSB Foundation.
- India must get rid of Caste discrimination - European
Rob Marris MP asks a question about Caste Discrimination in
the UK in the House of Commons
New Law Journal published by Manchester Metropolitan
University Article published by Annapurna Waughray.
Caste Discrimination discussed in European Parliament
CasteWatchUK in BBC Radio 4 “Beyond belief” documentary.
European Parliament opposes Dalit Discrimination which
CasteWatchUK applies to Arts Council for funds for a drama
CasteWatchUK appears on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire & BBC
Asian Network on Caste Discrimination in UK.
CasteWatchUK supports the release of report from Human Rights
Watch on hidden apartheid of discrimination of Dalits in India
CasteWatchUK supports Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minster of
India public statement on that “Caste System is a blot on
United Nations Body tells India to halt Caste Discrimination.
House of Commons holds a debate on Caste Discrimination
CasteWatchUK successfully secures funding from Arts Council
for the Drama Project “The Fifth Cup”.
CasteWatchUK successfully secures funds from “Awards for All”
for Drama Project “The Fifth Cup”.
Discrimination Law Review: Green paper on a draft Single
Equality Bill published.
Question on Caste Discrimination in UK in House of Lords
Parliamentary Question on Caste Discrimination in
CasteWatchUK participates in a DFID seminar.
CasteWatchUK holds a conference at Sandwell in West Midlands
“Fighting Caste Discrimination in UK”.
CasteWatchUK provides input to “The Communities & Local
Government Cohesion and Faith Unit” consultation
CasteWatchUK supports Professor Paul Ghuman with testimonies
on Caste Discrimination in West Midlands.
CasteWatchUK secures office space at Saturn Facilities in
CasteWatchUK holds a conference at Westminster “Caste
Discrimination and British Law”.
CasteWatchUK raises awareness of Caste Discrimination and
Caste issues at the UNISON Regional Office at their Annual
“The Fifth Cup” features in the following magazines and radio
Birmingham’s “What’s on Magazine
“The Sikh Times” in
“Ranjit Weekly Newspaper”
BBC Radio 4 Sunday Programme
Raaj Radio in
“The Fifth Cup” is staged at the Drum Theatre in Birmingham.
CasteWatchUK secures second stage of Lloyds TSB Foundation
CasteWatchUK participates in the BBC TV news - “British
Hindus divided by Caste”http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7156139.stmhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/nolavconsole/ukfs_news/hi?redirect=fs.stm&news=1&nbram=1&nbwm=1&bbram=1&bbwm=1&nol_storyid=715682
CasteWatchUK welcomes an article by Jaswinder Khera ‘Caste
Ridden Britain’ - New Statesman.
Minority Report “Caste – a discrimination the government
simply refuses to acknowledge. - News Article in “The
CasteWatchUK participates and features in the following
magazines and radio shows:
“Colourful Radio” in
BBC Asian Network
CasteWatchUK receives coverage in Eastern Voice newspaper in
CasteWatchUK secures permission to use UDHR60 LOGO on its
More4news films news feature called ‘Caste Discrimination in
the UK’ at CasteWatchUK office which is later broadcast. .http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/society/religion/is+there+a+uk+hindu+caste+culture/1574747
Caste issues highlighted in BBC TV “The Big Question Show”.
CasteWatchUK responds to Hindu Council UK report ‘Caste
System in UK’
Professor Eleanor Nesbitt formally inaugurates CasteWatchUK’s
CasteAwayArts formally releases documentary film “Making of The Fifth Cup”
CasteWatchUK featured on full front page news on “The Epoch
28th February 2008 Community
“The Fifth Cup” on “Sikhism Philosophy Network”
CasteWatchUK responds to the Hindu Council UK condemning their
fabricated report on “The Caste System” and issues a Press
Release which receives coverage in the Public Relations
CasteWatchUK features in BBC Asian Network – Nihal’s
Shri Guru Valmik Sabha (Southall) responds to Hindu Council UK
clearly highlighting that their report was fabricated.
CasteWatchUK is invited by Ambedkar International Mission,
London, to a meeting with Parmar Moses from International
Dalit Freedom Network.
CasteWatchUK approached by Simon Jones of Zee Magazine
CasteWatchUK receives a letter from Hindu Council UK
Rekha Larsen, Postgraduate Student from Roskilde University,
Denmark - meets CasteWatchUK for her research on “Perspectives
on diasporic identity and mobilisation”.
Sabrina Duran, a
Brazilian Journalist, interviews CasteWatchUK for magazines in
BBC Asian Network debate on Hindu Forum of Britain on Caste
Discrimination in the UK.
Al Jazeera TV Channel on Caste Riots in India by Gujjar
featured in Eastern Eye Newspaper - raising awareness about
Single Equality Bill.
Radio Sunrise - raising awareness about need for change in
anti discrimination legislation.
launches lobbying of Community groups regarding Single
Caste Away Arts
starts rehearsals in Birmingham for the Tour of their play
“The Fifth Cup”.
launches its redesigned web-site.
meets Mr Jagdish Singh Shemare, Equality & Human Rights
Commission, West Midlands.
CasteWatchUK on Al
Jazeera TV News - raising public awareness about caste
discrimination in the UK.
Mr Robert Lee, Manager of “The Peepul Centre” Leicester
Caste Away Arts meet Mrs Rita Patel, Founder of “Belgrave
Behno Project for young Asian