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

Blog

Private discrimination, public service and the constitution

July 16, 2021

In this article published by Indian Law Review, Thulasi K Raj argues for a renewed interpretation of Article 15(2) in the light of the Supreme Court judgment in IMA case.

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COVID-19 and the Crisis in Indian Democracy

February 27, 2021

In this blog post, Thulasi K. Raj argues that COVID-19 has made the crisis in Indian democracy apparent.

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The Union government’s assault on free speech

February 27, 2021

In this article in the Frontline, Thulasi K. Raj and Kaleeswaram Raj criticise the Union government’s assault on free speech.

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Workshop for Lawyers in Kerala on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

September 15, 2021

  On 4th September 2021, CLPR conducted a workshop for lawyers in Kerala on The Scheduled…

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Need for political inclusion of migrant workers

May 28, 2021

During the 2020 national lockdown, migrant workers in distress walking hundreds of kilometers was an iconic image of India. The pandemic demonstrated how a lack of sufficient social security measures jeopardise their health, work, and livelihood. But the migrant workers are not only deprived of welfare measures but access to political participation as well. In the context of elections recently concluded in prominent states, it is important to relook into this exclusionary character of the current electoral law framework.

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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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