Gender Stereotypes and Human Rights Legislations in India: A Doctrinal Analysis

  • Ritesh Kumar Updahyay
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  • Ritesh Kumar Updahyay

    Pursued MA (Sociology) in 2005 from MDPG Degree College, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India

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This research aims to explore the intricate relationship between gender stereotypes and human rights legislations in the context of India. Gender stereotypes are deeply ingrained societal beliefs that often lead to discrimination and inequality. The study focuses on understanding how these stereotypes impact the effectiveness and implementation of human rights legislations in India, with a specific emphasis on women's rights. The research will employ a doctrinal analysis approach, utilizing legal texts, case laws, and relevant statutes to examine the extent to which gender stereotypes hinder the realization of human rights principles enshrined in the Indian Constitution and international treaties. The objectives of the study are to (a) identify prevalent gender stereotypes in India's socio-cultural fabric, (b) analyze key human rights legislations addressing gender-based discrimination, and (c) assess the challenges faced in translating legislative intentions into practical gender equality. By critically evaluating landmark judgments and legal provisions, the research seeks to shed light on the interplay between gender stereotypes and the jurisprudential interpretation of human rights norms. The study will also examine the role of the judiciary in rectifying gender-based discrimination and explore the potential for legal reforms to mitigate the adverse effects of stereotypes. The findings of this research hold significant implications for policy makers, legal practitioners, and activists working towards gender equality and human rights in India. It is anticipated that the research outcomes will contribute to a better understanding of how to address gender stereotypes effectively within the legal framework, fostering more robust protection and promotion of human rights for all, irrespective of gender.


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International Journal of Legal Science and Innovation, Volume 5, Issue 2, Page 61 - 72


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