[AI] HC lets blind girl take up physiotherapy

Asudani, Rajesh rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in
Tue Aug 3 06:45:26 EDT 2010


Well, laying down law is definitely not the job of judiciary but that of legislature and implementing it is that of executive. Judiciary comes into play only when executive does not discharge its obligations properly or there is need for proper interpretation.
However, judiciary also comes into play when legislature and executive miserably fail to perform their duties, as it has done in case of sexual harassment of women at workplace in vishakha's case, and till this day, supreme court guidelines promulgated about 13 years ago are being followed to redress it in absence of a law to address the menace.
In case of disabled, though law exists, its proper implementation  and interpretation leaves much to be desired.
If a Kritika has to go to court for getting admitted into physiotherapy,  and succeeds, it should solve the problem of thousands of Kritikas by way of laying down proper interpretation.
However, our judiciary is absolutely averse to such an approach, except much touted PILs, and I am sure many kritikas would have to knock the high doors of courts for procuring similar rights of theirs and many more would not be able to do so.
My whole point is: one case properly decided, should avoid similar litigation for many more in the pipeline by clarifying the law and facilitating its proper implementation, but it does not happen. It is not merely confined to disability litigation only.

And yes, I also feel disability sector is hardly bothered about ongoing legislative procedure, and if things remains they are, the whole process would not give us anything substantially different from what we have at present by way of disability act.
Implementation is of course another story!!!!

Here, I also request if the e mail IDs of committee members could be provided to me so that I can forward my comments to them on almost all reports which I have uploaded on the blog.


Regards

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body, and yet you think that you can do anything with
that body that's dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer."

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(Rajesh Asudani)

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Subject: [AI] HC lets blind girl take up physiotherapy


Dear All

I have a different take on it. It is not the job of judiciary to frame rules. It is the job of the executive.

Despite having a specialised law protecting the rights of the disabled, the government is the primary delinquent flouting its own law.

If we the disabled carry the attitude it is someone else's problem then why won't the executive throw rubbish on us? I am now speaking in context of the new law. We the disabled are showing little in fixing in the lacunas in the present law.

We shall wake up when it is too late and make hue and cry blaming everyone except ourselves taking share of the blame.

Friends, ask yourselves how many have even visited the blog? Its URL is in the bottom of every mail of AI.

Why this complicancy?

Harish Kotian.

Sure, Kanchan has done a wonderful job by procuring provisional admission at least, for Kritika through judiciary.
However, if the situation has really to change, such judgments don't have to be confined to an individual case, but courts have to lay down general principles to be applied across cases.
For Instance, in this case, court could have laid  down by way of ratio decidendi, that admission to a VI need not be denied in a course if s/he is qualified for admission and possibility exists that course can be undertaken by reasonable accommodation.
Further, the presumption that certain disability prevents  the study is logically flawed, the educational institution has to establish it.
However, courts are not at all willing to lay down such principles, and so, judiciary represents a battle ground where almost three crore individual battles are going at present with average fighting period of 15 years at present.


Regards

"If you believe that there is a God, a God that made your body, and yet you think that you can do anything with that body that's dirty, then the fault lies with the manufacturer."

                                             --Lenny Bruce

(Rajesh Asudani)

Assistant General Manager,

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