Woman with Cerebral Palsy Still Fighting Discrimination
Back in February we told you about Jeeja Ghosh, who was born with cerebral palsy and kicked off of a SpiceJet flight solely because of her disability. An update on her progress has found that she is still valiantly fighting to end the discrimination that people with disabilities face, and has fought her way all the to India’s Supreme Court.
Spurred by a petition from Ghosh that alleges discrimination against her by Spice Airlines because she was born with cerebral palsy, Justices in the court have issued notices to the Union government, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and SpiceJet that accuse the airline of treating her improperly.
"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,” a petitioner wrote, according to The Times of India. "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 42-year-old Ghosh, who works at Kolkata’s Indian Institute for Cerebral Palsy, had checked into the airport and received the proper assistance to board her SpiceJet flight from Kolkata to Goa. However, after boarding the plane she learned that the pilot had specifically ordered her to be removed from the flight because of her disabilities. She was taken off the plane, and ended up missing an international seminar she had been a scheduled to attend.
If you or a loved one was born with a disability such as cerebral palsy that was likely caused by doctor error, call Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a birth injury lawsuit.