Lahore High Court (LHC) has put a ban on using words andha (blind), goonga (mute), behra (deaf) and langra (lame) for the differently-abled persons. The usage of these words is clearly banned by the Lahore High Court in official matters. The government is asked to make the required amendments necessary to The Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance of 1981.
LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that now disabled persons will be called “special persons”.
The ruling further said that that blind persons will be referred as “visually impaired”
Barrister Asfand Khan Tareen filed the petition for this case and then the case was taken by LHC. Punjab government, the federal government and the law ministry were named respondents of the case.
Tariq Ismail the Social Welfare Department’s lawyer was representing the state. He guaranteed the court that after the verdict the necessary changes will be made to the Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) Ordinance, 1981.
It is important that we as humans understand that nobody is disabled. Yes, there are people who are differently-abled, who have special abilities but they are in no way disabled. A good initiative has been taken by LHC to ban the terms like deaf, mute, blind or lame for special persons, but this is just the beginning. Special persons should have equal opportunities when it comes to education, jobs, rights etc. No discrimination should be acceptable.
This is not just about the rights of the special persons, but it is also important to bring diversity to the work and education culture. Special persons should be included in our government sectors, private companies, health departments, schools, banks, etc. For a progressive, advanced society, this is essential. We need to take all segments of our society together to ensure that Pakistan as a country develops.