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Mentally Diseased And Ill Forbidden By Delhi Metro
In a shocking revelation, it has been found that the DMC has pasted the following message across the metros of Delhi that reads mentally unstable and diseased will not be allowed on the train. Fuelling a debate, several NGO have come forward demanding DMC to change its decision and ask for explanation.
A complaint has been filed against the DMC for not allowing people with psychological disorder to board the train. The notice further informs that leprosy patients are allowed to board the metro only when they will be able to produce a certificate by the medical examiner officer stating that the disease is non-communicable. Leprosy is known to be an infectious disease that cause severe skin sores and nerve damage in the arms and legs of the patient.
“The notice is not only discriminatory but at the same time testifies DMC’s ignorance. The development comes in the wake of a Supreme Court judgement in favour of an activist with cerebral palsy after he was not allowed to board a plane because of his health condition four years ago,” said a psychologist.
Other diseases that have been mentioned in the notice are chicken pox, typhoid, TB, scarlet fever, measles, cholera, typhus, whooping cough and mumps. A DMC official on the other hand justified the situation by saying that these are old regulations and that there is nothing in the new notified rules.
A social worker who first found the offensive rule at the Hauz Khas station says that it is the normal people and not the mentally ill who are usually behind ruckus and scene in the train. Now that I come to think of it, he is right. I do have met people with disorders but never saw them creating trouble. They usually keep to themselves.