Calling it the “most callous treatment” on the part of the authorities,the Delhi High Court directed the Delhi University to conduct an entrance exam within 10 days from 22nd August 2017 for a blind student¬†who missed his MPhil entrance exam as he couldn’t board the train to¬†Delhi.
The court observed that Vaibhav Shukla could not get inside the train compartment reserved for persons with disability,despite having a valid ticket. Therefore,his right to equality had been denied besides his statutory rights under Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, the court said.
“The university cannot isolate itself from undertaking such enabling measures as would secure the rights of the student in the present case which can only be by grant of an opportunity to participate in the entrance exam for the MPhil (Sanskrit) course for the academic year 2017-18 ,” said a bench of acting chief justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar.
The student was prevented from boarding the coach reserved for the¬†disabled¬†in the Gorakhdham Express train at the Unnao railway station as people refused to open the door for him.