n South African Journal on Human Rights - Special provisions and access to socio-economic rights : women and the Indian constitution

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



This article examines the manner in which the Indian constitution deals with diversity and inequality. It explores the linkages between constitutionally approved special provisions for certain groups, particularly women, and the broad interpretation of the constitutional right to 'life', which includes socio-economic rights. the article argues that, while special provisions are perceived to threaten access by other groups to education or jobs, the socio-economic rights that are increasingly being read into the right to life are relatively non-controversial since they do not readily translate into dedicated budgetary outlays, even though relief on a case-by-case basis is granted by the courts.

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