Though most of my internship revolved around the implementation of criminal justice in India, a recent trip to a West Bengali hospital reminded me of the other aspects of human rights enshrined in international legislation.

According to the Belur Sramajibi Hospital,  “The right to health is a basic human right as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948. India is one of the signatories to the coveted international charter and has promised to protect the rights of its people by virtue of giving assent to this charter. The Indian Constitution also guarantees the right to life, but considering the high cost and lack of medical resources, health rights has become almost a forgotten, if not alien, term to the common people.”

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