Right to Equality

Concept: Right to Equality
Topic: Society
Category: gender issues
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Right to Equality

The Right to Equality is enshrined in the Constitution of India. It is also the first Fundamental Right guaranteed to the people. This right is conferred to the citizens through articles 14 – 18. Article 14 promises ‘Equality before law’. This basically guarantees every person that he/she will be treated equally under law and that all will be provided with equal protection of the laws. Article 14 is borrowed from the constitution of the USA. The articles 15 – 18 deals with specific provisions and expressly outlaws certain kinds of discrimination and inequalities. Article 15 prohibits the discrimination of people on the basis of religion, gender, race, place of birth or caste. Article 16 provides equal opportunities of public employment. Article 17 legally forbids the practice of untouchability. Article 18 concerns with the abolition of titles.