The Supreme Court has issued notices to private airline SpiceJet for forcibly deplaning Jeeja Ghosh,a Kolkata-based teacher with cerebral palsy,on her way to an international conference in Goa. Ghosh moved the apex court accusing the airline of treating her in a discriminatory manner,subjecting her to trauma,owing to which she could not attend the conference.
A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana P Desai also issued notices to the Union government and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Ghosh has asked the apex court to direct SpiceJet to adequately compensate the petitioner for loss of money,wasted time and the humiliation and trauma suffered during the unsavoury incident.
Ghosh and her joint petitioner in the case,NGO Able Disable All People Together (ADAPT,formerly Spastics Society of India),have contended in the SC that Ghoshs case is not an isolated instance,and disabled persons have been invariably treated in a humiliating manner by airlines in the past.
These acts of discrimination which have left disabled people very upset have continued unabated despite the enactment by the Central government of clear and binding directives prohibiting discrimination against disabled persons in air transport, the petitioners said.
The actions of a variety of airlines occurring in different states are also directly contrary to the provisions of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,which India had ratified in 2007, the petitoners added.