Caste Dictating Marriage Started from Gupta Reign

Geographic Population Structure (GPS) to trace DNA
  • It was probably during the Gupta period that rules prohibiting inter-caste marriage were laid down says a study.
  • DNA samples of 367 unrelated Indians belonging to 20 population groups, different castes and different parts of India were analysed in the study.
  • “The caste system originated way before the Gupta reign but the rules that prohibit marriage outside one’s caste were probably laid down during this era,”said Analabha Basu, a co-author of the study.