Right to Privacy

Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right in India and is protected under Part 3 of the Indian Constitution. The right provides a person to make his/her personal choices and keep them private. However, it is applicable as per the laws.

Key Points

  • The judgment regarding the Right to Privacy was promulgated by a 9 Judge-Bench of Supreme Court in the year 2017 headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar.
  • The Supreme Court held that the Right to Privacy is a “Fundamental Right” for Indian Citizens and it derives its powers from Articles 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution of India.
  • Hence, no legislation can be passed by the Government that unduly violates the Right to Privacy of any Indian Citizen.
  • But the right is not absolute and is subject to reasonable restrictions. The Government can impose restrictions on the Right to Privacy to protect the interest of the nation.
  • It was only because of the “Right to Privacy” that led to the decriminalization of homosexuality in India and the legalizing of same-sex marriages on 6th September 2018.

Stop pasting posters outside COVID-19 Patients: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court had asked the Centre to consider issuing the guidelines to stop the practice of pasting posters outside the homes of COVID-19 patients. The court says such posters make the patients to be treated as untouchables. Such posters make the patients centre of attraction and everybody stays away from them.

In the reply, the centre has told the court that it has not given any directions regarding pasting posters outside COVID-19 positive patients; officials are themselves doing so to inform others and prevent them.

This was said by the court while hearing a PIL filed in the court for COVID-19 positive persons that stated that patients must be given privacy to recover from the infection and away from the prying eyes.

Written by IAS POINT

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