Jharkhand HC Raises Concerns Regarding Court Facilities for Individuals with Disabilities
Jharkhand High Court Seeks Information on Facilities for Differently Abled Individuals in Courts
The High Court of Jharkhand has taken cognizance of a public interest litigation claiming inadequate provisions for differently abled individuals in various courts across the state. The division bench, consisting of Chief Justice Sanjaya Kumar Mishra and Justice Ananda Sen, has directed the state government to provide detailed information about the facilities available to differently abled people in the courts.
During the hearing, the court emphasized the importance of addressing the concerns raised in the petition. The state government has been asked to submit a comprehensive report in the form of an affidavit, highlighting the steps taken to ensure the comfort and convenience of differently abled litigants in court premises. The court has set August 11 as the next date for the hearing of this matter.
The petitioner, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, stressed the necessity of providing essential amenities such as ramps, lifts, accessible washrooms, and appropriate seating areas for individuals with disabilities in the courts. It was pointed out that the absence of these facilities creates significant challenges for disabled litigants when presenting their cases.
Recognizing the fundamental right to access justice for all citizens, including those with disabilities, the High Court seeks to address the shortcomings in court infrastructure and amenities. The inquiry aims to ensure that appropriate measures are implemented to enable the differently abled individuals to effectively participate in court proceedings.
This development underscores the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the judicial system. By initiating this inquiry, the Jharkhand High Court seeks to promote equality before the law and uphold the rights of individuals with disabilities. It is hoped that the state government’s report will shed light on the existing facilities while also paving the way for necessary improvements to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for all litigants, regardless of their physical abilities.