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  May 2016
  April 2016

Dear readers,

When a veteran politician and former Chief Minister put his foot down over giving his blood for DNA testing to determine if he was actually the father of a young man who claimed to be his biological son, there was little doubt about the right of an individual to know who his or her father was. Whether a person can be forced to give his blood for such a test under the direction of a competent court of law.

Now, we have a court ruling in favour of the use of force, if the need be, in such cases. And it comes across as no surprise because once a right has been settled, the state is duty-bound to enforce the right. In this case, Right to Privacy cannot be held to be more precious than a person's right to his paternal identity. How can a father hide behind Right to Privacy just to deny his son the right to know his ancestry. Ancestry and paternity is part and parcel of one's personal identity, and Right to Privacy cannot be allowed to obliterate one's inviolable right to personal identity.

The ND Tiwari judgment has stamped and sealed the law in this regard, which is certainly a welcome development by all means.

(Manish Arora)

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