Nepal Supreme Court overturns ban on disabled people climbing Mount Everest
In a welcome step, the Supreme Court of Nepal has set aside the Nepal government's insensitive move to ban disabled people from attempting to climb Mount Everest.
The government order had attracted strong criticism from the disabled community around the world. Madhav Prasad Chamlagain, a member of the Federation of Nepali Journalists, filed a writ petition challenging this order.
The Supreme Court has stepped in and pulled up the Nepal government for this. The government has been ordered to scrap it at as soon as possible.
The bench of justices has also said that the Nepal government must amend the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation in favour of disabled people. The order has been welcomed by disabled people from around the globe.
The government order had come on the basis of a decision of the Department of Tourism which wanted disabled people to be banned from climbing Everest on the grounds of safety. The Nepal government said that this was the only way to make climbing safer and reduce the number of deaths.