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INDIA LACK A “COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW” PEOPLE “STEREOTYPED” AND DISCRIMINATED AGANIST EACH OTHER DESPITE 72 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

 
 
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INDIA LACK A “COMPREHENSIVE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW” PEOPLE “STEREOTYPED” AND DISCRIMINATED AGANIST EACH OTHER DESPITE 72 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE
by System Administrator - Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 4:42 PM
 

By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : Few laws here and there exists about anti-discrimination among citizens .But India need comprehensive law about anti-discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, and place of birth or any of them. In India, the lack of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law has for long stymied efforts at providing effective and adequate redress to those who have had pernicious disadvantages heaped upon them. The Constitution does have certain provisions prohibiting discrimination and mandating affirmative action, but they apply only to the public sector. Organisations in the private sector, and private individuals and their groups get to have an unbridled reign when it comes to discriminating against "the other”. Moreover, the Constitution remains silent on the myriad categories because of which people are stereotyped and discriminated against. Recent reports of some citizens belonging to the Muslim community being denied jobs and accommodation because of their religion have once again highlighted the absence of an anti-discrimination law in the country. Though the Constitution, under its Article 15 (1), promises non-discrimination, there is no legislation to penalise offenders, say experts.A committee appointed by the Centre, as also one set up by the Maharashtra government, to analyse the socioeconomic status of Muslims in India has spoken about the need for an anti-discrimination law."Non-discrimination is a promise made in the Constitution of India... These constitutional promises against discriminatory acts require legislative backing in the form of anti-discrimination laws, and these must be extended to private and non-state spheres as well,” the Amitabh Kundu-headed Post-Sachar Evaluation Committee had said in its report.  The committee submitted its recommendations to the Union government in September 2014"The Constitution of India promises justice, liberty, equality and fraternity to all our citizens. However, discrimination denies these cherished constitutional promises. Cases of discrimination continue to be witnessed in all spheres of social, economic and political life. They are frequently directed against dalits, muslims, women, There is a need to protect everyone who are subject to all forms of unfair discrimination under a single comprehensive legislation which should be neutral and free from bias. Although it is normally minorities that are at the receiving end of discrimination, the law, in order to be sound, should encompass all citizens. It must protect both minorities as well as majorities. No one in India feel discriminated and lft out on the bases of religion, race, caste, sex, and place of birth or any of them .