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THE CONTINUED LEGACY OF VIOLATION OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN INDIA – ARE OUR WOMEN REALLY SAFE?

By Riya Shetty

The Constitution of every country bestows upon its citizens certain human rights to make them more conscious of their fundamental freedoms and hence better equipped to stand for themselves. Like any other country, the Constitution of India bestows upon its citizens certain rights known as the Fundamental Rights (Part-3, Article 13-35) to shield oneself against any prejudice but the concept of Human Rights is absolutely worthless without its enforcement system with respect to the Rule of Law in a “sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic and republic India” subjecting to equality, good faith, justice, good conscience and morality. The Indian Constitution also enshrines upon the concept of gender equality even in relation to human rights where it not only grants equality to women but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of its women citizens if and when needed. With these human rights, the initiation of a bright future for a country as diverse as India is, in every aspect, has begun BUT where and what would this future lead to if the right implementation of these human rights that have been endowed upon us by the Indian Constitution doesn’t take place? Hence via this research report, I intend to understand and draw a conclusion upon the following:
• Janam i.e. the origin of human rights in India.
• Women’s rights as human rights and violation of the same.
• Acts and provisions that empower women.
• Loopholes in the Indian Law with respect to Human rights of women.
Key Words: Human Rights, Constitution of India, Gender equality, Women.

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