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Heavy fine for two Punjabis who made caste-based comments in Canada

  Vancouver: The Human Rights Tribunal of the Canadian province of British Columbia has fined 10 thousand dollars (more than six lakh Indian rupees) to two people of Indian origin who made caste-based comments to another person. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) report, in 2018, Inderjit Singh and Avninder Singh Dhillon had an argument with Manoj Bhangu over something. Then both of them made objectionable comments in Punjabi language on Manoj Bhangu. The head of the tribunal, Sonia Pijihan, said in her decision that this comment is tantamount to violence. As the victim has a long history of caste-based discrimination in India, the severity of this prejudice increases even more. According to information, these three Punjabi persons were partners in a taxi company, but Inderjit Singh and Avninder Singh Dhillon had objected to Manoj Bhangu twice. No Punjabi has been fined so much for such an incident.