- By Aryaki Sethi
Created with good intentions, the fundamental duties have one major drawback- they are not enforceable. This means that a violator of these fundamental duties can not be held accountable in court. However, many of these duties have been the inspiration for laws that are enforceable and compulsory for all to follow. For instance, the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984 has uplifted the status of the fundamental duty mentioned in article 51A[i] that aims to safeguard public property from violence.
Further, we find that with changing times citizens require greater freedom and this translates to parallel greater responsibility. Under the 86th Amendment Act, the government provided the right to education to children in the age group of 6 to 14 years. They adopted a dual-channel approach to implement this aspiration. Under Article 21A, they lay responsibility on the state to provide free and compulsory education. On the other hand, by the introduction of fundamental duty in article 51A[k], they have held parents responsible for supporting their children to get a holistic education and learning experience. Hence, even fundamental duties are subject to evolution with changes in the Indian democratic system.
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.