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

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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We don’t want your blood’ exclusion of Sexual Minorities from Blood Donation

February 17, 2021

In this blog post, Thulasi K. Raj argues that the exclusion of sexual minorities from blood donations is violative of non-discrimination under Articles 14 and 15.

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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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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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