SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2008
12:10 MECCA TIME, 9:10 GMT
NEWS CENTRAL/S. ASIA
India caste riot toll rises
Authorities in India have invited leaders of one of the lowest castes for talks as the death toll rose to 37 from three days of bloody demonstrations over caste classification.
Gujjars began protesting on Friday in villages and towns across Rajasthan after the government refused to reclassify their caste at a lower social level.
Reclassification would allow the Gujjars to qualify for government jobs and university places reserved for such groups.
Assim funciona, de modo que à primeira vista parece paradoxal, o sistema de castas na Índia.