Consider putting logos on masks of hearing and speech impaired persons: Bombay High Court to authorities

5th May,2021


Consider putting logos on masks of hearing and speech impaired persons: Bombay High Court to authorities


The Bombay High Court on Tuesday ordered the state government to consider using unique logos on speech and hearing disabled people's masks to make them more easily identifiable. The Court was hearing a petition filed by Lokshahiwadi Balasaheb Sarode Smriti Prabodhan Upakram, represented by Advocates Ajinkya Udane and Asim Sarode, requesting that the masks worn by specially abled people have some kind of identification mark in the form of a sticker to allow for easy identification. Udane gave the Court a sample of stickers that could be applied to disabled people's masks. It was also claimed by the bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni that masks could be distributed to people who did not have them or could not afford them. The Court ordered the State to consider supplying masks to street beggars and homeless people. "Why not organise a campaign to distribute free masks to people living on the streets and under the bridge? Isn't it possible for you (the state and local governments) to have masks?" Justice Kulkarni was curious. The Court went a step further and inquired into the State's policy for vaccinating people who do not have access to electronic devices to register for vaccinations.
Apart from that, the Court said that it had seen people who were not wearing masks and walking around freely in violation of the lockdown restrictions. "What is the government doing with people who don't wear masks on occasion? There isn't a single cop in sight to apprehend them. For vigilance, you must have police officers on hand "According to the Court. CJ Datta went on to say that he had read reports that Malabar Hill (in Mumbai) had the highest infection rate. The Court reasoned that making the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) a party to the petition was necessary for better implementation of the plea's recommendations. As a result, the lawyers were instructed to take action to enjoin BMC from participating in the plea. The High Court had previously stated that the governments had failed to recognise the needs of speech and hearing impaired people when implementing the mask mandate.