What do you understand by the term Right to Privacy?

Let’s take an example to understand the right to privacy and whether it is your fundamental right or not.

You are eating something and you don’t need to ask someone or how many children you want to adopt or what you want to wear or whether you will eat food at home or at a restaurant. The choice is yours and no one else is going to interfere in your life. Your personal intimacies or your sexual orientation is your privacy. Apart from this privacy also includes the right to be left alone.

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Justice K.S Puttaswamy (Retd.) VS U.O.I (Writ petition civil no. 494 of 2012)


In this case, bench headed by Chief Justice J.S Khehar, Justice S.A Bobde, R.F Nariman, D.Y Chandrachud, R.K Agarwal, S Abdul Nazeer, J Chelameswar, Abhay Manohar Sapre and Sanjay Kishan kaul held the right to life under Article 21 of COI.

The bench also held that “privacy ensures the fulfilment of dignity and is the core value which is intended to achieve.”

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