right to sleep : added fundamental right
|February 25, 2012||Posted by Britul under NEWS Commentary|
With inclusion of right to sleep into fundamental rights, the Supreme Court of India has broadened the scope of fundamental rights.
Refer news release : right to sleep a fundamental right, says Supreme Court
This has both good as well as bad consequences.
The rules and disciplinary restrictions, if any, need to be clarified. Otherwise this fundamental right can be misinterpreted and can create undisciplined circumstances. Politicians will be able to sleep in parliament during session, students in schools and working people can sleep in offices and nobody will able to tell anyone anything because now, sleeping is a legal right. Under cover of right to sleep, people can sleep in workplace and if the boss interrupts, can convict the boss for breach of fundamental right!!!
Twenty first century youngsters have a tendency stay awake till late night, have party and wake up late in the morning. While partying, loud music often disturbs the sleeping neighbours. The can do nothing but to complain and request not to do that. This is because; making noise and disrupting the sleep of others was not a legally punishable offence till now. But now, those neighbours can sue those youngsters accusing them for breach of right to sleep.
we have described the scientific aspects of sleep in our post dated 28.01.2011 : What is good sleep and how much we need for a healthy body
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Social celebrations, wedding, political assemblies, election campaign, public meetings etc. creates lots of noise and can disrupt people’s sleep. Now, everyone has got a legal tool to get rid of the suffering from sleep deprivation due to noise.
But for all these to happen, Supreme Court needs to clarify as a statement as to what extent of noise is considered to be able to cause people’s sleep disruption.
We can also expect a reduction in noise pollution if peoples use the right to sleep actively and of course generously.
But as such, right to sleep has a quite broader context. Seemingly, it is related to sleep deprivation caused by noise. But sleep deprivation can also be caused by lot many other factors. Among them, stress, anxiety, mental trauma etc. are prime in today’s context.
Now, the causes of stress, or mental trauma etc. may be considered as the entities causing breach of fundamental right to sleep peacefully. Just a perspective of thinking.
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