caste system

noun
the rigid Hindu system of hereditary social distinctions based on castes.
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Example sentences
Unfortunately for some groups in this country that caste system still exists
  and exerts fierce control over them.
The caste system clearly reduces and almost eliminates social mobility.
She had no place in the colonial caste system of her adopted country.
It should be concerned with the quality of interpersonal relationships rather
  than the establishment of a management caste system.
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