What is the case of Ramlila Maidan v. Home Secretary, UOI?
What perspectives became critical in the hearing of this case with the Supreme Court? How did the Constitution of India hold up in providing shelter and sleep of its citizens?
The case of Ramlila Maidan v. Home Secretary, UOI, which was heard by the Supreme Court of India in 2012, dealt with the issue of the right to sleep and the right to shelter as fundamental rights under the Indian Constitution.
The case originated from a petition filed by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and the Delhi Police, which sought to evict people who were sleeping on the streets, particularly in the Ramlila Maidan area of Delhi. The petitioners argued that the people sleeping on the streets were causing a nuisance and were a threat to public health and safety.