[News] MP HC Allows Visually-Challenged Woman To Pursue Her Dream To Become Judicial Officer


The Madhya Pradesh High Court asked the high court authorities to give reservation to a visually-challenged candidate and directed it to conduct a special written examination by providing the facility of a scribe and also extra time.

Rashmi Thakur, a visually-challenged woman with a disability of 75 percent, who is also a lawyer, applied for the posts of Civil Judge Class-II. As there was no reservation provided for visually challenged candidates, she submitted a representationwhich was rejected by the high court. In the preliminary examination, which was conducted later, she was not provided the facility of a scribe and thus she could not compete with the general category candidates. She approached the high court against rejection of representation seeking reservation.

The court observed that since the post of judicial magistrate has been identified as the one which can be filled by the blind and the low vision candidates, the decision of the high court not to permit a facility of scribe and to reserve the post for visually handicapped candidates violates the provisions of theRights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

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