Article 15 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.
Article 15 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.(Photo: Erum Gour/The Quint)
  • 1. Protection Against Discrimination
  • 2. Special Provisions and Reservation Under Article 15
  • 3. Interpretations of Article 15 in Legal Cases
  • 4. The Badaun Case So Far
  • 5. The Caste Angle in the Badaun Case
Why Article 15 of Constitution is More Than Just a Film Title

The Indian Constitution grants equality to all Indian citizens as a fundamental right. Article 15 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination against any citizen on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.

However, every so often, we are confronted with incidents of discrimination on the basis of caste, as men and women from specific communities and castes are lynched or brutally raped.

Hate crimes against religious minorities dominate the social landscape in the country.

The 2014 Badaun case, an alleged gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls, was rife with charges of bias and discrimination on the basis of caste. With ‘Article 15’, the Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer loosely based on this case, the eponymous fundamental right and its provisions have come into focus.

So what does Article 15 of the Constitution of India say?

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