I am a Brahmin and my girlfriend is Schedule caste, and my parents are denying our marriage because of caste. Will it be considered a criminal offence under Indian caste discrimination law, if any?
The applicable law of India is The Scheduled Castes And the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 plus the 2015 amendment. There are various prohibited acts, the majority of which are already crimes, such as numerous kinds of assault, trespass, unlawful eviction, also including knowingly making obscene gestures at a woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe. It also includes social and economic boycotts, to some extent (as a means of preventing such a person from voting). Parents can freely refuse to sanction / support the marriage of whoever they chose, but they cannot forcibly interfere, for instance by kidnapping one of the participants.