B.C. Human Rights Tribunal awards man more than $9K in case of caste-based discrimination

The B.C. Human Legal rights Tribunal has awarded much more than $9,000 to a male who was the victim of caste-primarily based discrimination. 

In a conclusion issued March 15, tribunal adjudicator Sonya Pighin found that Manoj Bhangu had been discriminated in opposition to based mostly on his ancestry, area of origin, religion and race. 

Bhangu was ready to confirm the slur, chamar — the title of his Dalit caste, viewed as a derogatory phrase in the Punjabi language — was uttered by Inderjit and Avninder Dhillon in the course of an altercation at a B.C.-based taxi firm’s Christmas bash in 2018. 

Caste discrimination originates from a sort of social hierarchy in India that is passed down by way of families. At the base of the hierarchy method is the team regarded as Dalits or untouchables. 

“The discrimination was short in length but included violence which exacerbates the severity of it,” Pighin wrote. 

“[Bhangu’s] record of caste-centered discrimination in India intensified the severity of the effect he professional pertaining to the discrimination.”

‘A disturbing experience’

According to Pighin’s determination, two altercations took place In December 2018,  with the Dhillon brothers uttering slurs and physically attacking Bhangu, a driver and board director at the taxi firm. 

In the 1st incident, Pighin says a fight and verbal confrontation occurred in the office’s boardroom when Bhangu and other directors ended up talking with the Dhillons about firm issues. 

Licensed translator Amrit Chandar testified a slur could be heard in an audio recording presented as proof of the incident. 

Pighin says she was not persuaded the slur was uttered in the very first altercation. 

“I was unable to determine the Slur … [even after] I listened a lot of occasions to that component of Audio File 1 the place Mr. Chandan claimed he heard the Slur and documented it in the Transcript,” wrote Pighin. 

In the second incident, Bhangu bought into a actual physical altercation with Inderjit and Avninder Dhillon in the foyer of the office. 

A number of witnesses have been at the scene and noticed the Dhillons punch and regularly say, “Yes, he is a ‘Slur’ kill him … destroy this ‘Slur’ … he is a ‘slur’ defeat him up,” according to the written conclusion.

“[Witnesses] supplied steady proof about what occurred through the next altercation, and I come across their proof far more convincing than the [Dhillons’] evidence,” wrote Pighin. 

Following the altercations, Pighin discovered Bhangu expert feelings of “insult, humiliation, humiliation, fear and dying.”

He informed the tribunal it was especially difficult to clarify what took place to his young children and uncovered it humiliating to interact with colleagues who witnessed the party’s situations. 

“Mr. Bhangu described observing his young ones not seeking to go to Taxi Firm activities any more and claimed this was a disturbing working experience,” mentioned Pighin.

Pigihn says the affect of the discrimination towards Bhangu merited damages and ordered Inderjit and Avninder Dhillon to shell out him $6,000 plus $3,755.81 for the costs he incurred bringing the case.

Caste system humiliates

In the decision, Bhangu delivered evidence of how caste discrimination impacted him escalating up in India. 

From becoming kicked out of temples and playgrounds to getting parents of his pals throwing out glassware he had made use of, Pighin states Bhangu evidently founded for the duration of the hearing the results and ordeals of reduced caste teams. 

“A portion of why Mr. Bhangu moved to Canada involves that he and his loved ones can stay with no caste discrimination,” reported Pighin. 

Inderjit Dhillon claimed throughout cross-assessment that his family members have been customers of the Jatt caste “and that the Jatt caste is not better than the Slur caste,” Pighin wrote.

Even so, Anita Lal, co-founder of the Poetic Justice Foundation, mentioned the statement is untrue and that Jatts are portion of a better caste of farmers and landowners.

She suggests persons of this caste generally have a whole lot of impact in culture, supplied their position as landowners in the Indian state of Punjab. Lal adds this influence has carried in excess of into Canada. 

“Caste names are starting to be weaponized. When we look via an anti-racism lens, the N-phrase is made use of versus Black people today in the much exact same way.”

She states caste discrimination is still very prevalent in B.C., with numerous associates of her family members even now enduring it. 

“I have nieces and nephews, long run generations, who have had to confront it in university.”

“I assume because we never communicate about it … we haven’t designed safe areas to investigate this issue of concern.”