- Aryan Raj, a student with disability sought to be matriculated in an Art course in the Government College of Art, Chandigarh.
- The qualifying marks for SC/ST were 35%, but for the general category and for persons with disability, the marks were kept at 40%.
- The Punjab and Haryana High Court gave an order against Aryan Raj.
- Aggrieved by the judgment, he knocked the door of the Apex Court.
Supreme Court grants rights to persons with disabilities.
- The appeal filed by Aryan Raj, was disposed by upholding the Division Bench judgment of Delhi High Court.
- Delhi High Court in the case of AnmolBhandari(minor) through his father/natural guardian v Delhi Technological University, 2012 (13) DRJ 583 held that, “people suffering from disability are all equally socially backward”.
Brief analysis of Delhi High Court Judgment:
- DTU gave a 10% concession to students belonging to SC/ST category and 5% to persons with disability.
- The petitioner, challenged this on the grounds of violation of Article 14. The policy being based on unreasonable classification.
- The Court examined the National Policy for personas with disability (2006) that guaranteed equality, freedom, justice and dignity for all individuals.
- The 2001 census showed that 51% people with disabilities were illiterate.
- Court further referred to the case of AI Confederation of Blind and Anr v UOI and Anr (2002), where it was held that, 5% relaxation should be given to SC/ST and persons with disability equally.
- Finally, Delhi High Court stated that, “Reservation for disabled is horizontal reservation, cutting across all categories of SC/ST/OBC/General.”
- And the policy of DTU was discriminatory having no reasonable basis of differentiation.
- DTU was issued a mandate to give 10% relaxation, equivalent to SC/ST category.
Persons who are specially abled are at the fag end of society, often agonized by their miseries. It is a constitutional duty upon the state to ensure their security; social, economic and political. Stripping them off their rights to education takes away the fundamental rights of Article 15, 21 and 21-A.
Their growth is essential for the upliftment of society as a whole.