CLPR Broadcast | April 2021

April 5, 2021 | Ritambhara Singh

 

 

The Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the Constitution work for everyone through law and policy research, social and governance interventions, and strategic impact litigation.

In this podcast by Oxford Human Rights Hub, Jayna Kothari talks about the recent judgement of the Supreme Court in Vikash Kumar vs Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) & Ors. She shares how this judgement is important as it links the principles of equality and dignity and how it is important to ensure the equal worth and dignity of every individual. She reiterates the court’s point on ‘reasonable accommodation’ as an integral component of equality and non-discrimination. The court also highlighted that the State and the private parties have positive obligations to provide facilities to ensure the full participation of persons with disability. Listen here.

Thangjam Santa Singh vs Union of India & Ors.

This is a PIL filed by Santa Khurai, a prominent transgender rights activist from Manipur challenging the constitutional validity of clauses 12 and 51 of the NACO Guidelines on Blood Donor Selection and Blood Donor Referral, 2017 which permanently ban transgender persons, gay and bisexual men, and female sex workers from being blood donors. The Guidelines are challenged as being violative of Articles 14,15 and 21 of the Indian Constitution based on the stereotypes and presumptions about persons on the basis of their gender identity, sexual orientation, and occupation. The present guidelines are stigmatising as they are not based on the actual risks involved and are therefore arbitrary, unreasonable and discriminatory. In this matter, the Supreme Court has issued notice and has sought a response from the Central government. Read the PIL here. 
Radha & Ors v. State of Karnataka & Ors

In this PIL, filed by parents of children studying in government schools in Karnataka, the continued closure of schools in the State due to the COVID-19 pandemic is challenged as a violation of Article 21, 21A of the Constitution of India and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. The PIL seeks the re-opening of government schools, the re-opening of Anganwadis, and also the restart of the cooked Mid-Day Meal in schools and Anganwadis. The Karnataka High Court in this matter noted that the mid-day meal is a necessary concomitant of the fundamental right under Article 21A and directed the State to take a decision with regard to the provision of mid-day meals with effect from 15/04/2021 to in respect of students from 6th to10th standard. Read about the case here.

Acid Attack Survivors: Implementing Their Right to Dignity

Read one of our new blog posts written by, Mihir Rajamane where he discusses the rights of acid attack survivors to compensation and the recent supreme court judgements and also their rights under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. Read More

Constitutionalism in the Vernacular 

We are excited to announce that Constitutionofindia.net will now make its content available in regional languages like Hindi and Kannada. This would expand citizen engagement with India’s rich constitutional tradition and ensure that constitutional conversations are not restricted to only English-speaking Indians. Read more.

 

March 2021 marked the 91st anniversary of the 1930 Salt Satyagraha. Read our piece to know how the Salt Satyagraha was invoked in the Constituent Assembly. Also, read Begum Aizaz Rasul’s defence of India’s membership of the Commonwealth. New biographies on members of the Constituent Assembly include the biography of Pramatha Ranjan Thakur who played a key role in Dalit activism and politics.

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