The Constitution and the private sector — Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

The view that the protection of the Constitution is restricted to the public sector is based on a bygone political ideology.

SOMETIMES trivial issues ignite tremendous debates.

If a laundromat owner running a public utility business that is licensed by a local authority excludes non-Muslim clients, is his discriminatory conduct counter to the uplifting message of our Constitution that “all persons are equal before the law”?

Is his conduct a violation of the provision that “except as expressly authorised … there shall be no discrimination … on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender…”?

Opinions are deeply divided.

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