Thulasi K. Raj

Equality Fellow

Thulasi is a lawyer practicing at the High Court of Kerala and the Supreme Court of India and works on civil and constitutional law.  She completed her Masters in Law from University College London.  She was also an Indian Equality Law Fellow at Melbourne Law School.   She is also offered a visiting fellowship at the Institute on Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick for September 2020.

 

She appeared for the petitioner (along with Adv. Kaleeswaram Raj) in Joseph Shine v. Union of India (2018)  before the Supreme Court in which the court held criminalizing adultery to be unconstitutional. Her research interests are constitutional law and theory, anti-discrimination law, law and religion, and comparative human rights. She frequently writes newspaper articles on relevant socio-legal issues.

Publications

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Prashant Bhushan: A case for judicial introspection

August 27, 2020

In this article published by Deccan Herald, Thulasi K Raj argues that Supreme Court needs to introspect the decisions taken in the contempt case on Prashant Bhushan.

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The Empty Promise of Socio-Economic Rights

August 27, 2020

In this essay published by Socio-Legal Review, Thulasi K Raj states that Judiciary has limited role to play in ensuring the socio-economic rights provided under the Directive Principles of State Policy of the Constitution.

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A silence that isn’t golden

August 27, 2020

In this article published by The Telegraph online, Thulasi K. Raj argues that Judiciary can not abdicate the responsibility of adjudication in issues where executive action is under judicial review. 

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State’s Labour law changes impact right to association

May 22, 2020

In this opinion piece published by The Statesman, Equaliy Fellow Thulasi K Raj argues that…

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The Indian Travel Ban is Over broad

May 22, 2020

In this article published by Asian Legal Conversations- Covid-19 website of Melbourne Law School, Thulasi…

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Thou Shall Not Eat: Discrimination on the basis of food preference

August 12, 2020

Clause 3 of the CLPR Equality Bill,2020 prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. Clause 2(oo)(i) mentions food preference as one of the protected characteristics. Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of food preference is refreshingly new in the Indian socio-legal context.

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Should Government Employees Enjoy Less Free Speech Rights?

May 26, 2020

In late April, three officials of the Indian Revenue Service, out of their own volition, prepared and published a report titled ‘Fiscal Options and Response to COVID-19 Epidemic.’ The report proposed that the top marginal income tax rate for the super-rich who earn more than 1 crore annually be increased from 30 to 40%. It also proposed the introduction of a new wealth tax to fight the pandemic-caused economic crisis. The Union government initiated disciplinary proceedings against the officers and suspended them from service, alleging indiscipline.

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