CJI pitches for hu­man rights of the dis­abled

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI -

When hopes and as­pi­ra­tions are “cru­ci­fied”, hu­man rights is­sues spring up, Chief Jus­tice Di­pak Misra on Thurs­day said, while as­sert­ing that the coun­try should lay em­pha­sis on rights of the dis­abled and the un­der­priv­i­leged.

De­liv­er­ing a speech at the 25th Foun­da­tion Day of the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC), the CJI, quoted from an­cient In­dian texts, Amer­i­can his­tory and old court cases to un­der­line the mes­sage of equal­ity and jus­tice.

He cited the in­stance of Ash­tavakra, an an­cient Vedic sage, who suf­fered from phys­i­cal hand­i­cap, and made a ref­er­ence to an episode con­nected with King Janak to em­pha­sise the point.

“Ash­tavakra once went to the king­dom of Janak. And, when the king’s pro­ces­sion was pass­ing, a poor per­son was thrown out of foot­path... When the king sent his prime min­is­ter to ask why he (sage) wouldn’t come to his palace, he replied that — ‘O king, you have vi­o­lated the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of the traf­fic rules,’” he said.

Quot­ing the sage’s re­ply in San­skrit, the CJI said, “The sage told the king — ‘You know who has the first right over the road. The first right is that of the blind, sec­ond of the deaf, then men who carry load, fourth of women, and then comes the king’.”

“I hope I am able to com­mu­ni­cate what the hu­man rights or­der should be,” the 45th Chief Jus­tice of In­dia said.

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