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Tag: Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016

Persons with Blindness can’t be Judges – Says Supreme Court

Posted in Case Review, Disability Support, and Employement

In this case, the Supreme Court had to address the validity of rules and orders that limited appointment of civil judges and district judges to persons with partial blindness (between 40-50 percent of blindness). In the case, a person with seventy (70) percent blindness was denied appointment as a judge because he was more than fifty (50) percent blind, the specified outer limit. Surprisingly, the Supreme Court came to the conclusion in the case that…

Supreme Court on Accessibility for Persons with Visual Disabilities – Part II

Posted in Case Review

This is a  continuation of the Supreme Court Judgment on accessibility, and  reproduces important paragraphs with respect to   the Court’s directions on accessibility for persons with blindness.  Case Title: RAJIVE RATURI V. UNION OF INDIA AND OTHERS, WRIT PETITION (CIVIL) NO. 243 OF 2005, Decided on 1st January, 2017. Directions/Order 23) Vide order dated August 9, 2017, this Court sought the response of the respondents in respect of directions which are sought by the petitioner…

Supreme Court on Accessibility for Persons with Visual Disabilities – Part I

Posted in Case Review

India has a  long way to go before the country is considered as accessible for persons with  blindness and other disabilities. Some steps have been taken by the  Central Government and some State Governments after the enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and much  needs to be done. In a  2017  decision, the Supreme Court has nicely outlined the law with respect to accessibility and has laid down some guidelines and…