The Calcutta high court on Monday ruled that dyslexics, or people with reading disorder, were entitled to be treated as handicapped.
Justice Tapen Sen asked the Centre to amend the Persons With Disability Act 1995 by incorporating that dyslexia be treated as a handicap. According to the Act, 3% of total seats in each institution is reserved for the disabled.
The directive came on a petition by Payel Sarkar, a dyslexia patient, challenging the denial of her admission at the Indian Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) on the ground that dyslexic patients could not be treated as handicapped.
Justice Sen also held that dyslexics would not need any certificate from authorities, only their medical prescription would be enough to treat them as handicapped.
He directed IIHM to admit Sarkar and allow her to appear in the examination on the basis of her medical prescription.
Sarkar's advocates Subrata Mukhopadhyay and Kaushik Chandra welcomed the verdict.
"It will help dyslexics get admission to any educational institution of their choice...," said Mukhopadhyay.
Sarkar, a resident of Assam, had come to Kolkata in 2010 for treatment at the Calcutta Medical College. She was also admitted to Class 12 at the Kendriya Vidyalaya, but was not allowed to sit for examination because of poor attendance.
She had then moved the HC saying since she was a dyslexia patient she could not attend all the classes. Court had then directed the school to allow her to sit for exams. It had also directed the state and the Centre to formulate a policy for the benefit of dyslexic patients.