Notify norms to make movies accessible to disabled persons: HC.

Syllabus: GS-II; Subject: Society and Social Justice; Topic: Welfare schemes, mechanisms, laws and institutions related to disabled, Issue: Movie access to disabled.

Context: The Delhi High Court directs the I&B Ministry to notify guidelines for accessible movies.


  • Accessibility for disabled persons deemed an enforceable legal right.
  • Private parties are also mandated to ensure accessibility.
  • Films in India often lack accessibility despite the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016.

Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (RPWD Act):

Key Areas Covered:

  • Rights and Entitlements:Covers rights related to equality, life with dignity, protection from cruelty, abuse, and exploitation, access to healthcare, education, employment, and voting.
  • Education:Mandates free and inclusive education for children with disabilities.
  • Employment:Prohibits discrimination in employment and mandates reservation of government jobs for persons with disabilities.
  • Accessibility:Requires making buildings, transportation systems, and information & communication technology accessible for persons with disabilities.
  • Social Security and Welfare: Provides for social security benefits and schemes for persons with disabilities.
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