Saturday, 13 September 2014
‘Law Credits Care for the Disabled’ : Chennai
In a welfare State, the persons vested with responsibilities are bound to protect the welfare of physically challenged persons, as they got disability by birth or by some accident. That duty is recognised not only under the Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act (Act 1/2006), but also as a human right, the Madras High Court has observed.
A division bench of justices N Paul Vasanthakumar and K Ravichandrabaabu made the observation while allowing a writ appeal from Dr D Ramkumar challenging an order of a single judge, who upheld his transfer, on Wednesday.
The appellant, being a 100 per cent visually challenged person, was managing his assignments as Assistant Professor/HOD of English Department in Kasthurba College for Women in Pondicherry in a healthy and friendly atmosphere and transferring him to the Rajiv Gandhi Arts and Science College would badly affect his normal way of functioning as a physically challenged person, the bench said.
The inaction of the member-secretary of the Pondicherry Society for Higher Education in not considering the representation of the appellant seeking re-transfer to the Kasthurba college shows his defiant and insensitive attitude. The court quashed the transfer order dated November 25, 2013, which was upheld by the single Judge on June 27 this year.
Source : The New Indian Express , 11th Sep 2014