Tuesday, August 16, 2022

SC bans use of ‘physically handicapped, ‘mentally retarded’ words for persons with disabilities

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) has directed federal government and provinces to discontinue using “disabled,” “physically handicapped” and “mentally retarded” words for persons with different abilities, ARY News reported.

The apex court, in its detailed judgment released on Saturday, has observed that these words deeply bruise and offend the human dignity of persons with different abilities.

The court (SC) has directed federal and provincial governments to discontinue the use of these words in official correspondence, directives, notifications and circulars and use either “persons with disabilities” or “persons with different abilities”.

The petitioner had maintained that he had applied for the post of senior elementary school educator (Arabic) following an advertisement put out by the education department, local government, Multan, but he was not appointed on the disability quota.

“Pakistan’s Constitution, as a whole, does not distinguish between a person with or without disabilities. It recognizes inherent dignity of a human being; equal and inalienable rights of all the people as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace,” the court said.

“Every person is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind. It, therefore, applies equally to persons with disabilities, guaranteeing them the full enjoyment of their fundamental rights without discrimination,” read a 12-page verdict.

Read the detailed judgment here;

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