Maharashtra’s new law prohibiting the social boycott of individuals, families or any community by informal village councils is a step in the right direction, given the pervasive nature of the problem. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”.
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- ostracism (noun) – exclusion, rejection, repudiation (from a society/group).
- pervasive (adjective) – prevalent, common, widespread.
- progressive (adjective) – continuing, increasing, intensifying.
- assent (noun) – approval, consent, endorsement.
- pernicious (adjective) – harmful, damaging, destructive.
- cut off (phrasal verb) – stop/end; disconnect, interrupt.
- sweep (noun) – movement, action; range, spread, limit.
- discrimination (noun) – prejudice, bias/bigotry, inequity.
- morality (noun) – moral standards, ethics, rules of conduct.
- inclination (noun) – liking, penchant/preference, appetite.
- excommunication (noun) – putting a specific individual or group out of communion (community).
- strike down (phrasal verb) – abolish, annul, nullify (a law or regulation).
- outlaw (verb) – ban, prohibit, forbid.
- informal (adjective) – unofficial, irregular, illegal.
- draw on (verb) – call on, use/utilize, employ (one’s experience).
- notion (noun) – idea/thought, belief, concept.
- mores (noun) – customs, traditions, practices.
- diktat (noun) – bill, regulation, decree.
- notorious (adjective) – infamous, ill-famed, well known (for something bad).
- repugnant to (noun) – in conflict with, contrary to, opposed to.
- prevailing (adjective) – existing, present, prevalent.
- assault (noun) – criticism, censure, denunciation.
- abhorrent (adjective) – hateful, repellent, offensive.
- ought to (modal verb) – must, should.