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date: 21 October 2021

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This chapter considers the ‘right to life and personal liberty’ guaranteed in Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. It provides an account of the content of this right, the way in which its meaning has developed and been understood, and the shape the jurisprudence in this area has taken. It explores certain specific guarantees that have been recognized under the right, and the way in which the right has been expanded, including through the Supreme Court’s emphasis on dignity. It considers debates on the hierarchy of rights and concerns that remain on the nature and meaning of this guarantee within Indian constitutional law.

Keywords: constitutional jurisprudence, dignity, Gopalan, Indian Constitution, Indian Supreme Court, Maneka, Munn v Illinois, right to life and personal liberty, rights

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