Article 21: The article of evolution
- By Aryaki Sethi
If we enjoy the right to life, do we also possess the right to die? This was debated in Supreme Court in Gian Kaur vs. State of Punjab, 1996. It was concluded that unless the case is of euthanasia, article 21 does not give a person the right to die and instances of suicide to be viewed as a cry for help rather than a punishable offence. This shows that laws are created with an intention to understand human emotions and respect a man’s innate need for dignity. Similarly, courts have heard several cases under the Directive Principles of the Constitution that are not directly enforceable but through PILs (Public Interest Litigation refers to litigation undertaken to secure public interest and demonstrates the availability of justice to socially-disadvantaged parties) and the glory of Article 21, they have become fundamental rights for citizens.
About the Author
Aryaki Sethi is a content writer and mental health advocate. She is currently pursuing Bachelor of Applied Science , Psychology and Health Sciences from the University of Toronto Scarborough.