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Kerala to open 'safe homes' for inter-caste couples

Incidents of social exclusion and attacks against inter-caste or inter-religious couples have been reported in many parts of the country in recent times.

March 05, 2020 / 02:48 PM IST
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At a time when those marrying outside their caste and religion are facing ostracism and threats in several parts of the country, the Kerala government is gearing up to open 'safe homes' to ensure them a secure accommodation.

The Department of Social Justice has unveiled the unique initiative to open such safe facilities in all districts.

Social Justice Minister K K Shailaja said preliminary steps have begun to set up 'safe homes', where such couples can stay up to one year after marriage.

The objective is to ensure security for them, the minister told the state Assembly, saying the initiative was being implemented with the support of voluntary organisations.