India needs more than laws for true gender equity

By Manishi Pathak, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

As a part of its intent to offer equal rights and opportunities to its citizens India has formulated several statutes including displaying its intent through the constitution of India (1950).

The constitution enshrines the principle of gender equality and also grants fundamental rights of equality to women. India has also ratified various international conventions committed to equality for women including the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

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Fundamental rights, among others, ensure equality before law and equal protection of law. Fundamental rights also prohibit discrimination of any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and assure equality of opportunity to all citizens. To endorse the constitution’s objective, India’s central government and various state governments have enacted several laws aimed at ensuring equal rights, opposing discrimination and providing support to women workers.

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is India’s largest full-service law firm. Manishi Pathak is a partner at the firm.


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