Laws in India

The Constitution of India provides fundamental protections for all Indians. Most crucially, the constitution protects the Right to Life and a number of derivative rights, including the right to health and the right to be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The Government of India has developed a number of specific laws to address reproductive rights issues including child marriage, medical termination of pregnancy and sex selection.
To correct fundamental rights violations and to improve the reproductive rights situation in India, the government of India has developed a number of schemes to improve healthcare, to increase institutional deliveries, and to encourage healthy behaviour. Finally, India is a party to a number of international human rights conventions that obligate the government to protect, promote, respect and fulfill reproductive rights.


This section provides a brief overview of existing legal protections in India.

Laws

BJP MLA advocates child marriage of girls to stop ‘love jihad’

Articles, Child Marriage, Issues, Madhya Pradesh, News, States

In a shocking demonstration of regressive politics and a disdain for the autonomy of young girls and their rights, a Madhya Pradesh MLA from the BJP party has spoken in favour of child marriage and denounced the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2016. The full article is enclosed below, ....
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The Two-Child Norm: More Anti-Autonomy than Antidote

Access to Contraceptives, Adolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Andra Pradesh, Articles, Assam, Bihar, Haryana, Issues, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Quality of Care, Rajasthan, Report, Safe Abortion, Sex Selection, States, Sterilisation, Update, Uttarakhand

A 1980s Indian Stamp stating 'a small family is a happy family'   Zahra Andalucia Wynne – Since 1951, India has seen its population almost quadruple from 360 million to 1.2 billion people, making it the ....
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Times of India Interview with HRLN Bihar State Coordinator on Child Marriage

Adolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Articles, Bihar, Child Marriage, Issues, Media Report, News, States, Update

Times of India, in their special edition New Hope magazine, recently interviewed Advocate and HRLN Bihar State Coordinator Vikash Kumar Pankaj on the issue of child marriage in the state. You can read the full article below.   'Vikash Kumar Pankaj is the state co-ordinator for Human Rights Law Network and president ....
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Modi’s cash transfer scheme for pregnant women shortsighted, healthcare quality needs attention first

Access to Contraceptives, Adolescents' Sexual Health and Rights, Articles, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Child Marriage, Delhi, Issues, Maternal Health, Media Report, New Delhi, News, Odisha, Quality of Care, Report

By Maya Palit On social media on 1 January, I came across many quips about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s New Year’s Eve speech. “Judging from the speech, the happiest person in the country should be a 65-year-old pregnant farmer,” went one. These were, of course, prompted by Modi’s promise to introduce a ....
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Delhi High Court probe ‘disturbing’ negligence linked to infant death at Safdarjung Hospital

Articles, Delhi, Issues, Litigation, Media Report, News, Quality of Care, States, WORK

The alleged medical negligence by Safdarjung Hospital in wrongly declaring a newborn as dead in June this year has led the Delhi High Court to direct the Centre to order a probe into the incident. The infant was brought back to the hospital and put on a ventilator, but ....
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