Supreme Court: Khap Panchayats’ Diktat on Dress Code for Women Unlawful

Jan 15, 2013 14:52 IST

The Supreme Court of India on 14 January 2013 ruled that Khap Panchayats' diktat on dress code for women and asking them not to carry mobile is unlawful. A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai ruled that such diktats are against the fundamental right to life and asked Khap Panchayats, which are caste-based councils, to file their replies on the issue. Right to life is guaranteed to all the citizens of India under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.  

Article 21 in the Constitution of India 1949
Protection of life and personal liberty No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law.

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