Bhubaneswar, Oct 22 (UNI) Union Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said state governments must offer jobs to encourage inter caste marriage. More and more people would have come forward to opt for inter caste marriage if the state government offers job to inter caste couples,the Union Minister said. Talking to newsmen here today Mr.Athawale said now inter caste marriages are being reported mostly from love marriages.
The Odisha government, he said should promote inter caste marriage to end casteism and bring social integration.The Union Minister parried a question when asked whether the Union government would come out with such a scheme. Mr Athawale admitted that the inter caste couples are being subjected lynching, honour killings and their families are being ostracized but quick to add that these are not happening in all cases.
When asked whether the central government has any scheme to promote inter-religion marriage, he said the Union government would consider if the state government came with such a scheme. He said in Uttar Pradesh around 5,000 to 6000 Atrocities cases are being registered every year. Mr Athawale attributed the rising incidence of atrocity cases mainly due to casteism and said promotion of inter caste marriage could only bring integrity in the society.