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anti-discrimination bill project

The Anti-Discrimination and Equality Bill 2017 (as advised by Dr Tarunabh Khaitan) was introduced in 16th Lok Sabha on 10 March 2017, and lapsed with its dissolution. The Bill was an effort to respond, among several other events, to Rohith Vemula’s tragic suicide, which had put the need for an antidiscrimination legislation back on the political agenda. India is amongst the few regimes with a constitutional commitment to a liberal democracy that nevertheless lack a comprehensive, multi-ground, antidiscrimination legislation. It seeks to realise Dr Ambedkar's vision of a discrimination-free India. The Bhopal Declaration issued in 2002 seeking to chart a new course for Dalits welcomed ‘winds of change the world over’ towards inclusion and diversity and against discrimination. A conversation on the need and shape of an antidiscrimination law began after the Sachar Committee recommended it in 2006. While the UPA government did briefly consider setting up an Equal Opportunity Commission, the idea was quietly buried. Antidiscrimination law remains a key demand of groups representing women, gays, lesbians, transgendered persons, and persons living with disability. The policy debate on an antidiscrimination law has been going on for over a decade. It is hoped that the existence of a draft Bill will give concrete shape to this conversation and draw attention to details. A copy of the Bill, as presented before Parliament, can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. Original versions of central and state Bills, as Dr Khaitan drafted them after consultation with multiple stakeholders and experts, are also attached.
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Tarun Khaitan,
15 Mar 2017, 04:57
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Tarun Khaitan,
12 Jun 2019, 18:15
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Tarun Khaitan,
28 Mar 2017, 12:56
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Tarun Khaitan,
12 Apr 2018, 18:01