Sanitation Law and Policy in India: An Introduction to Basic Instruments

Edited by Philippe Cullet and Lovleen Bhullar
Oxford University Press

For the longest time, sanitation received little attention from policymakers and lawyers, although it was not completely outside the purview of laws and policies in India. However, the past couple of decades have witnessed a significant change in the manner in which sanitation is viewed, both at the national and international levels. While this change is accompanied by a growing interest among academics and practitioners in the policy perspectives on sanitation, the emphasis on its legal dimensions has lagged behind considerably. The piecemeal nature of the existing legal instruments having a bearing on sanitation and the lack of awareness about these instruments has further contributed to this knowledge deficit. 

This volume: 

  • Is the most comprehensive work on sanitation law in India
  • Provides an overview of the existing legal as well as policy instruments related to sanitation in India
  • Fills the existing gap, both in knowledge and policy instruments, defining sanitation in India
  • Highlights the importance, complexity, and fragmented nature of the legal and policy frameworks that inform the sanitation sector
  • Lays special emphasis on the legal dimensions of sanitation in India