Disabled people barred from going to Haj as they beg, says Centre
The central government's statement that disabled people have been barred from going to the Haj as many of them take to begging there has led to outrage among many.
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has said this in court in response to a petition that challenged the Centre's ban on disabled people going to the Haj.
The petition says that such a ban is a violation of fundamental rights. It violates the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 as well as Articles 14, 21 and 25 that gives equality, personal liberty, and religious freedom.
Disability rights activist Satendra Singh has said that all people with disabilities must have the freedom to go wherever they want. He said that not all disabled people go to the Haj to beg.
In fact, Saudi Arabia has not placed a ban on disabled people coming for the Haj. It has improved the facilities for disabled people.