Vol. 3, Issue 6 (2017)
Right to Housing under Article 21 in light of Judicial Pronouncements
Author(s): Preeti Singh
Abstract: Right to adequate housing is recognized as basic human rights at the international level in various instruments like UDHR, ICESCR, CEDAW, CRC, CERD etc. which are very crucial for India. Indian Constitution also guaranteed number of rights but nowhere right to adequate housing is mentioned specifically, though India has signed and ratified many international instruments which talk about this right. In the landmark case of Olga Tellis v. Bombay Municipal Corporation , the Supreme Court elaborated on the right to adequate housing, shelter and livelihood being part of the all-encompassing Right to Life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Therefore, the project aims to study and analyze the emerging scenario in regards to Right to housing in India in light of legal framework at international and national level in respect of right to adequate housing and to examine how the Indian Judiciary interprets the Constitution on enforceability of the social right to adequate housing in the context of these pressing housing needs and frequent forceful evictions of people and to make suggestions to strengthen this right in India.