The Indian Constitution states that the right to freedom entitles all citizens the right to:
- Freedom of speech and expression
- Assembly in a peaceful manner
- Form associations and unions
- Move freely throughout the country
- Reside in any part of the country, and
- Practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.
The Untouchability Offences Act 1955 states that practising untouchability is a punishable offence. The freedom of speech and expression is one of the essential features of any democracy. You have the freedom to think differently and express your views accordingly.
Every citizen is free to express his/her views for or against the government, or activities of an association through pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, paintings, poetry or songs.
All citizens of India have the right to move freely throughout the country. Every citizen of India is also free to choose the profession he/she wants to follow. The constitution also grants all citizens of India the right to life and personal liberty.
The right against exploitation lays down clear provisions to prevent exploitation of the weaker sections of society. It prohibits trafficking in human beings, forced labour, begging and child labour.