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Caste is a type of hierarchy in which people are born into fixed social groups and while it is most well known as a feature of Indian society, caste systems exist across South Asia. Your caste can influence your occupation, who you can marry and how you are expected to interact with others and while the system originally just applied to Hindus it has since spread across all of Indian society.

While it is now illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste in India, the caste system continues to exacerbate inequality, with members of lower castes being vastly underrepresented in education and formal employment. Caste based discrimination also exists amongst South Asian diaspora living in other countries.

See: Kyriarchy, South Asian

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