Inter-caste marriage could be an effective way to improve communal as well as social harmony, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission Justice S.R. Nayak proposed here on Friday.

He was speaking at the inaugural of Sankirana — Social Science Forum at Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College For Women.

Commenting on the recent spate of attacks on churches, Justice Nayak said: “These attacks are a major pain for communal and social harmony. An individual’s death may affect his family members and a few other people, but such attacks intensely affect communal harmony and society too.”

On the issue of regional chauvinism in the context of recent reports from Mumbai, he said: “Today, they want Mumbai to be only for Marathis. The day is not far when people might make similar claims on Bangalore.”

Briefing his young audience on social inequities, Mr. Nayak said: “The Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary all consist of people who follow casteism, not to generalise, but casteism is prominent. Inequalities are visible in their worst form in India. There are people whose annual budget is equal to the amount spent on dinner by others.” Mr. Nayak said: “We do not need to follow the West to understand or tackle human rights issues. India has an abundant history of Human Rights theorists and preachers. From Buddha to Basaveshwara to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar, all have spoken about human rights.”

He warned students against “fake human rights organisations”, and advised them not to be fooled by these.