Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sleep is a fundamental human right, India’s Supreme Court rules

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that sleep is a fundamental human right.
Their reasoning is that it comes under the right to life, as to be able
to live people need access to peaceful sleep.
Giving their judgement on Thursday, judges said ‘sleep is essential for a human being to
maintain the delicate balance of health necessary for its very existence and survival.’
So next time your boss is annoyed at you for sleeping in?
Just say it was your basic necessity as a human being.

The court was looking at the case after police took action against a sleeping crowd
at a rally in support of yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

The ruling means people who disturb others sleeping could be violating their human rights.
What could this include?
Well, it hasn’t been tested in court yet but people could complain about things such as
Loud music late at night
People clattering around noisily when waking up early
Employers not giving workers enough time to sleep between shifts
Waking someone up when they didn’t want to be
Judges unanimously said police made a mistake when they stopped people sleeping at Ramdev’s yoga camp gathering using unwarranted force.
They put the right to sleep alongside the right to privacy and the right to food, enshrined in the country’s constitution.

‘Right of privacy and the right to sleep have always been treated to be a fundamental right like a right to breathe, to eat, to drink, to blink etc,’ the paper reported Justice Chauhan said.
He said without sleep people became unbalanced and suffered physical ailments.
However, the judge pointed out this didn’t mean someone could fall asleep anywhere they liked
(for example, the Supreme Court) and claim it was their human right.
Courts would consider ‘reasonable regulation of time, place and manner of the act of sleeping,

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