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Accessibility, effective participation and inclusion in society are a few of the rights of persons with disabilities and the government and local authorities should ensure this, observed the Madras high court on Friday while directing the state government to make tourist destinations accessible to persons living with disabilities.

A division bench of justice R Mahadevan and justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad asked the government to devise the programme in consultation with experts, including persons with disabilities, to meet the standards under Section 40 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act and other guidelines. The judges also asked the government to prepare a travel guide of disability-friendly and accessible tourist destinations.

The judges said accessible tourism is essential for equal participation of people with disabilities in recreation and cultural life. This also applies to senior citizens.”This court is of the view that the ideals of equality, dignity, worth and non-discrimination, along with the principles of reasonable accommodation, inspire the constitutional bulwark for enforcement of equality before the law, equal protection of law, as well as equality of status and opportunity to the disabled. However, it is necessary that the government and local authorities operationalise the same,” said the judges.

The judges pointed out that Kerala has initiated ‘Barrier-Free Kerala Tourism’ to make tourist destinations and accommodation disabled friendly, by developing guidelines in consultation with the stakeholders.

The court passed the order while disposing of a public interest litigation filed by K R Raja, a social activist from Madurai district. The state government submitted that it would take steps to make tourist places easily accessible to persons with disabilities.


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