Life is sacred. The sacredness and sanctity of life needs to be nurtured and restored. It is our fundamental ethical obligation and duty to do so. It is about time all of us as one, make a conscious effort to constantly remind ourselves, educate ourselves, that we live in a democracy, have individual fundamental rights. Next time you speak up Girl, do not hesitate, because freedom of speech and expression is your fundamental right.
Let us take a look something we were taught in eighth grade. The fundamental rights recognized by the constitution are:
1) Right to equality, including equality before law, prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth, and equality of opportunity in matters of employment, abolition of untouchability and abolition of titles.
2) Right to freedom which includes speech and expression, assembly, association or union, movement, residence, and right to practice any profession or occupation (some of these rights are subject to security of the State, friendly relations with foreign countries, public order, decency or morality), right to life and liberty, right to education, protection in respect to conviction in offences and protection against arrest and detention in certain cases.
3) Right against exploitation, prohibiting all forms of forced labour, child labour and traffic in human beings;
4) Right to freedom of religion, including freedom of conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion, freedom to manage religious affairs, freedom from certain taxes and freedom from religious instructions in certain educational institutes.
5) Cultural and Educational rights preserving Right of any section of citizens to conserve their culture, language or script, and right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice; and
6) Right to constitutional remedies for enforcement of Fundamental Rights.
7) Right to information act,2005
8) Right to Education, 2010
Life without goodness, good thoughts, good actions and good words is like the sky in the night without the moon or stars. It is like a wheel without a hub or spokes! No one can push a boulder away while standing on it; you cannot be free from anxiety while all the entrances through which it sneaks in are open.” -Atharvana Veda.