Interpretation Of Indian Constitution Article 21 With Special Reference To The Right To Human Dignity: An Analysis
Pragya Kumar, Amity Law School, Noida
The right to life and personal liberty is guaranteed in Article 21 of the Indian constitution. Both the terms mentioned in the article, life and personal liberty, have broad and expansive meanings in the Indian constitution and are considered umbrella legislation. The right to life is more than just a protection against being killed; it has a broader application, and rights have been extended over time as the Indian judiciary has interpreted them. The aim of this paper is to explain one of Article 21's rights, namely the right to human dignity. First, this article will examine how the concept of dignity has changed over time, as well as how the Indian judiciary has viewed it through various case laws. Second, I'll discuss various jurists' conceptions of human dignity, as well as how various international instruments incorporated the word dignity. Finally, this paper includes a a brief analysis on COVID-19's effect on human dignity. The study ends with the conclusion and suggestions using case laws reviews.
KEYWORDS- Article 21, Right To Human Dignity, International Instruments, Covid-19.