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.



Helpless Spectators

November 13, 2020

In this article published by The Caravan, Thulasi argues that the Supreme Court of India has become a helpless spectator to executive actions.

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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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Do entrance exams discriminate against the poor?

January 3, 2021

Clause 3 of the CLPR Equality Bill prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics. 2(oo)(i) lists socio-economic disadvantage as a protected ground, defined as a condition of a person “disadvantaged by poverty, low income, homelessness, or lack of or low-level educational qualifications.”

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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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