Right to live with dignity also includes1:
- Adequate nutrition
- Clothing and shelter facilities
- Facilities for reading, writing and expressing oneself and to move and mingle with other people
- Protection of the health and strength of workers, men, and women
- Protection against child abuse
- Opportunities and facilities for children to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity
- Educational facilities, just and humane conditions of work and maternity relief.
Every action which offends or violates human dignity would constitute a deprivation of this right to live2 and it can only be done in accordance with a reasonable, fair and just procedure established by law such as in the name of security of India, or to protect public decency, etc.
Therefore, any form of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment would be offensive to human dignity, would directly violate the right to live. 3
- Bandhua Mukti Morcha vs Union Of India & Others, AIR, 1984 SCR (2) 67.
- Article 21, Constitution of India, 1950
- Francis Coralie Mullin vs The Administrator, Union Territory of Delhi, AIR, 1981 SCR (2) 516.
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