LHC orders replacement of words like ‘blind’, ‘deaf’ for disabled people
LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered to replace words like “blind”, “deaf” and “mentally retarded” for persons with disability from Constitution and other legal documents, ARY News reported.
Hearing a plea seeking removal of such terms for physically or mentally challenged people in law, Chief Justice LHC Justice Mansoor Ali Shah ordered that words like blind, deaf, dumb, crippled, physically handicapped and mentally retarded should be replaced with special persons.
The Disabled Persons (Employment And Rehabilitation) Ordinance 1981 refers to disabled persons as deaf, dumb and blind which is tantamount to insult of those people, hence those words should be omitted, the court observed.
Prosecutor told the court that reforms were being introduced in the law through amendments regarding disabled persons.
A glimpse of the 1981 ordinance: