The Centre told the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it has barred disabled people from going for the Haj pilgrimage because there have been “many instances of such individuals taking up begging, which is strictly prohibited in Saudi Arabia”. The petitioner had alleged that the order violated the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
The Centre said another reason for banning disabled people from performing the pilgrimage was that the journey was physically demanding, PTI reported. In an affidavit, the Ministry of Minority Affairs said the consul general of India in Jeddah had advised “screening” for disability in 2012. It added that the policy in place for the last 30 years had simply been continued.
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