CasteWatchUK held its second
conference in Sandwell, West Midlands under the theme of
Fighting Caste Discrimination in UK. The Conference was well
attended by academics, politicians, community leaders,
educational institutions, statutory organisations and many
individuals from London, Bedford, Wales, Wolverhampton,
Oxford, Derby, Coventry and Birmingham.
This conference set the agenda that CasteWatchUK has been
striving to pursue in UK. During the panel discussion, there
was agreement that caste discrimination is practised in UK. It
was reprehensible and totally unacceptable to people who find
themselves as victims and the need for the host community to
support initiatives to root Caste based discrimination from
British Society. Mr Rob Marris MP from Wolverhampton, Mr
Adrian Bailey MP and Ms Jasvinder Sanghera (Author “Shame”)
were some of the key speakers. Professor Eleanor Nesbit
(Warwick University), Professor Sushrut Jadhav (University of
London), Dr Nicolas Jaoul (Paris University) were amongst the
eminent speakers from the academic arena.
The Conference also took the opportunity to honour Ms Santosh
Dass, a member of the charity’s executive committee, who had
been awarded MBE in the Queen’s Honour List in June 2007 for
her work at the Department of Health.