From Sympathy to Dignity: Jeeja Ghosh Judgment Could Open New Doors for Persons With Disabilities



As the Supreme Court noted, the real reason why the disabled feel handicapped is not because they are looked down upon by society, but because their ability to realise their full potential is hampered by the inability of society to meaningfully assimilate them into the mainstream.
In 2012, when 40-year-old disability rights activist Jeeja Ghosh boarded a SpiceJet flight from Kolkata to Goa to attend an international conference aimed at addressing the systemic barriers faced by the disabled, she was asked to de-board the plane immediately because the crew feared that her cerebral palsy could pose health risks over the course of the flight that they were ill-equipped to handle.

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