Inter-caste couples' kids seek SC/ST tag
May 19, 2011
May 18: The intricacies of the caste system are baffling enough but
when it comes to inter-caste marriages and the children of those
marriages claiming scheduled caste or scheduled tribe status, the
situation is so convoluted that it takes years to untangle.
SC and ST certificates are highly coveted to get entry into
educational institutions and jobs in the reserved category. But cases
are piling up in every district because it is sometimes difficult to
provide the documentary proof required for such certificates. Take the
case of Mr P. Subbarayudu, whose SC (Mala) caste certificate was
cancelled by the collector of Kadapa. He had obtained an SC
certificate and a job in the postal department on the strength of it.
The father of Mr Subbarayudu originally belonged to the Vysya caste
but married one Ms Tirupalamma alias Subbamma in the year 1948, who
was from the Mala caste. He was declared an outcaste by the Vysya
community, forcing him to settle down with his SC in-laws. Mr
Subbarayadu therefore claimed that the family was recognised as SC.
But this did not cut any ice with the authorities. Inquiries revealed
that Mr Subbarayudu did not assimilate himself into the SC community
but married a Vysya woman, married his sister into the Vysya caste,
did not admit his children in school as SCs but instead declared them
to be of the Vysya caste in all their records, and had relationships
with Vysyas. "Hence the contention of the appellant is not tenable,"
the collector said. "It is confirmed fact that the appellant played
fraud," the collector observed.
According to the Government Order Ms No 371, of the Employment and
Social Welfare (B2) department, dated April 13, 1976, the child of an
inter-caste marriage can inherit the lower caste of either parent
provided he/she has been accepted by the members.
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