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“Right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution encompasses the right to timely access to justice.” Comment in the context of the current times.

Topic : Indian Constitution—historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2.  “Right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution encompasses the right to timely access to justice.” Comment in the context of the current times. (250 words)

Reference: thewire.in

Why the question:

The question is amidst current tough times posed by Covid pandemic and the issues facing judiciary due to it.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to analyse in what way Right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution encompasses the right to timely access to justice and especially in the context of current times.

Directive:

Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the context of the question.

Body:

Explain that during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to justice continues to be imperiled despite the constitutional mandate and the ready access to technology. Discuss the reasons in detail; one can bring out the past experiences in times of such emergencies. Suggest what should actually be done to ensure justice is delivered timely.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.