Supreme Court Of India Has No Sign Language Interpreters!

first_imgColumnsSupreme Court Of India Has No Sign Language Interpreters! Shashank Singh4 Jun 2020 2:04 AMShare This – xAn online demonstration of the Supreme Court e-filing module was held and webcast on Friday, May 15/2020 which was attended by CJI SA Bobde and the Chairperson of the Supreme Court e-Committee, Justice DY Chandrachud. In this session the Hon’ble CJI SA Bobde gave his Presidential remarks, and Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud delivered an address encompassing the background and purpose…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn online demonstration of the Supreme Court e-filing module was held and webcast on Friday, May 15/2020 which was attended by CJI SA Bobde and the Chairperson of the Supreme Court e-Committee, Justice DY Chandrachud. In this session the Hon’ble CJI SA Bobde gave his Presidential remarks, and Hon’ble Justice DY Chandrachud delivered an address encompassing the background and purpose of the live demonstration. Unfortunately, the entire process was not accessible for deaf population of India at that moment. There was no sign language interpreter available at the time when the entire show was being telecast on YouTube. Moreover, there was no close captioning of the show so that it could become accessible for the people of deaf community. I joined Supreme Court as a lawyer in the year 2011, and from 2011 till today, several Judges retired, several law days were organized, several full Court References have occurred, several lectures have been delivered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court Judges and several oath ceremonies of newly appointed Judges of Supreme Court have taken place. However, none of these events witnessed sign language interpretation. I have never witnessed sign language interpretation during court hearings too. As per the 2011 Indian Census the population of persons with hearing impairment’ is 1.3 million. However, the largest organization representing this community in India, the National Association of the Deaf estimates that the population of people with hearing impairment is around 1 percent of Indian population, i.e., 18 million people. (Even that would be surprisingly low, considering that 3.5 percent of Americans and 5 percent of the world’s population experience hearing loss.) The Rights of person with disabilities Act 2016(RPWD Act) gives protection to persons with hearing impairment and persons with other disabilities. Section 2(f) of the RPWD Act 2016 defines the term communication:- “communication” includes means and formats of communication, languages, display of text, Braille, tactile communication, signs, large print, accessible multimedia, written, audio, video, visual displays, sign language, plain-language, human-reader, augmentative and alternative modes and accessible information and communication technology; International response:- In April 20, 2016, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts used sign language from the Supreme Court bench as he welcomed a dozen deaf and hard of hearing lawyers who took part in a ceremony authorizing them to argue cases before the court. A report was published by Washington Times on April 20th 2016, highlighting the fact that, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. made a sweeping motion with his hands which translated in American Sign Language to: “Your motion is granted.” Roberts learned to sign the phrase just for that occasion. That moving and most inclusive gesture alone made the admittance of 12 deaf and hard of hearing lawyers to the highest court of land a historic moment. All were members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association and were from various parts of the country. The deaf population is very active in making legal interventions and in raising their voices not only for themselves but also for others, for public at large, very recently an organization ‘Assam Association of the Deaf’ moved to the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Therefore, this 1 percent population is not only sensitive towards its own rights but has shown the role it wants to play by participating and filing petition for the protection of rights of public at large. In fact, a Public Interest Litigation was filed in the Delhi High Court by a Disability Rights Activist in the month of September 2018, which the Court agreed to hear. If and once recognized as an Official language of the country, there will be even greater impetus on making our Courts of law more inclusive by having sign language interpreters in their premises. It will not only aid the process of providing greater employment opportunities to persons with disabilities but also ensure that deaf lawyers, litigants, and judges are able to perceive Indian Judicial fora as spaces well within their reach. These are some ways the Supreme Court must make it inclusive and bring itself in line with the RPWD Act 2016.Views Are Personal Only.(Author is Advocate on Record at Supreme Court of India) Next Storylast_img read more

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Tale of three cities

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On-campus robbery leads to two arrests

first_imgTaking advantage of almost every public safety resource in the school’s arsenal, a female student who was robbed on campus Monday was able to recover her property and see two suspects arrested.After nearly a month without a reported robbery at USC, a female student walking through the parking lot behind the University Park Health Center at 12:25 p.m. Monday was robbed by two juvenile males, who shoved her from behind and stole her property.Thinking quickly, the student followed the two teenagers, who fled the scene with her possessions.As she pursued the two into the North University Park area, just north of Jefferson Boulevard, she found a yellow-jacketed Contemporary Services Corporation security ambassador, whom she asked for help.The student and the security ambassador followed the two robbers to the area of Orchard Avenue and Jefferson. The security ambassador contacted the Department of Public Safety via radio, and DPS found the two teenagers in the area of Jefferson and Hoover Street. They were then taken into custody.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said this incident exemplifies how the CSC security force can help the USC community.“It is an example of how they can assist us by observing and assisting a citizen,” Carlisle said. “That’s what they’re there for … In this case, it worked out as it was supposed to.”Carlisle said the capture of the two suspects was also a good example of the type of teamwork DPS and other safety officers strive for.The CSC security ambassadors are new this semester, and Carlisle said he suspects their presence has contributed to the decrease in crime.Robberies in broad daylight, like the one Monday, are uncommon, Carlisle noted.“I might attribute to this act that these were juveniles, so maybe they were a little more bold,” he said. “Fortunately, they’re now in custody.”last_img read more

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Allen throws 4 interceptions in rocky performance against Northwestern

first_img Published on September 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass EVANSTON, Ill. — Four interceptions. Two in the second quarter and two in the fourth.That’s what people will remember from Drew Allen’s performance on Saturday.But wide receiver Christopher Clark, who finished with six catches for 66 yards, backed up his quarterback.“Just because you throw four picks, doesn’t make you a bad quarterback,” Clark said.But it also doesn’t lead to a lot of wins, and on Saturday No. 19 Northwestern (2-0) pulverized Syracuse (0-2) 48-27 in front of 38,033 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., because of them. Allen finished with 27 completions for 279 yards, but his four interceptions are what will be remembered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I take full responsibility for how we played,” Allen said.Allen got sacked on his very first play from scrimmage in a Syracuse uniform against Penn State. On Saturday, he fumbled the ball on the offense’s opening play.It was déjà vu for Allen, and forecast the fate of the Syracuse offense.The Orange was already down 7-0. With the ball at its own 21-yard line, losing possession would have been disastrous. Fortunately for Allen and Syracuse, though, guard Ivan Foy pounced on the ball and cradled it.But on a night where Northwestern quarterbacks Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian played lights-out, near-perfect football, Allen was anything but.It was Colter and Siemian’s world, and he was just living in it.“It was a tough game for Drew,” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said.After a 20-yard touchdown pass from Siemian to Dan Vitale made the score 17-0, Allen threw his first interception. Traveon Henry snatched Allen’s pass, capping off a stretch of three poorly thrown balls in a row for Syracuse’s quarterback.Later in the first half, after arguably Syracuse’s best drive of the game and one where Allen was sharp, he was intercepted again. This time Chi Chi Ariguzo did the honors. Syracuse had the ball in Northwestern territory with a chance to knife into Northwestern’s 27-7 lead.Instead of heading into halftime down 27-14 and within striking distance, though, Syracuse failed to capitalize and went on to allow a touchdown on the ensuing possession.The Orange entered halftime down 34-7, embarrassed and outplayed in every facet of the game, particularly at quarterback.“That first half was ugly,” Shafer said.Allen became the first Orange quarterback since Greg Paulus in 2009 to throw four or more interceptions in a game, and despite Allen’s 6-foot-5 frame, he’s had trouble getting rid of the ball cleanly through two games.His last interception was deflected by a defensive lineman before Ibraheim Campbell picked it off.“He got batted balls,” wide receivers coach Rob Moore said. “Balls get batted up in the air, anything can happen.”That last part, at least, seems to be the case for Allen all the time. Anything can happen. Against Penn State he unleashed a 55-yard bomb to Jeremiah Kobena, but also threw two costly interceptions.On Saturday, he delivered a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Moore – the first and only touchdown pass of Allen’s career – to cut the deficit to 34-13. But by then the game was virtually out of reach. His two second quarter interceptions left the Orange in a precarious position.In the fourth quarter, Dean Lowry and Campbell each picked off Allen in the span of seven minutes. Any hope of salvaging a win was long gone by that point for Syracuse.On Allen’s last interception, he took the worst of a blindside hit, which caused him to exit the game. In came Terrel Hunt, the Orange’s backup quarterback. Although Hunt lined up against Northwestern’s second-team defense, he still made the most of the situation and capitalized on the opportunity.Hunt ripped off 52 yards — 22 through the air and 30 on the ground — to lead Syracuse to a touchdown. On the scoring play itself – a 15-yard run – Hunt dizzied the defense with the kind of athleticism Colter had showcased all day.Shafer has insisted that Allen’s a mobile quarterback who can make plays with his feet, but Allen certainly hasn’t shown off that element of his repertoire quite yet.Now the question burns brighter than ever before. Allen or Hunt. Or both, for that matter.“Whoever our quarterback is,” Clark said, “I’m going to stick with him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Kenneth Lee Nulik, Caldwell farmer, June 15, 1926 – Aug. 23, 2013

first_imgKenneth is survived by his wife of 67 years, Esther Joann, their daughters and families, Vicki Morrison, Sheryl and Greg Nickol, Shelley and Gary Coffey,  brother-in-law Jerome Niebaum and wife Judy, 8 grandchildren, Chad, Michelle, Joe, Jennifer, Chris, Heather, Kristian and Hilary, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell. Kenneth NulikKenneth Lee Nulik son of Joseph and Jennie Misak Nulik was born at home in rural Freeport, KS on December 31, 1926.  He departed this life on August 23, 2013 at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 23 days.Kenneth was raised on a farm 8 miles west of Caldwell , KS attending grade school at King School and graduating high school at Caldwell in 1944.  He enlisted into the  United States Navy that same year and was honorably discharged July 16, 1946.On June 15, 1946 he was united in marriage with Esther Joann Niebaum in Wichita, KS.  To this union three daughters were born, Vicki Lee, Sheryl Lynn, and Shelley Ann.After his discharge from the Navy, Kenneth farmed west of Caldwell, he then became a driller for the oil wells.  After his oil well days, he became employed by the John Deere dealership in Caldwell where he worked as a mechanic and then a salesman. Upon retiring, he resumed farming.Kenneth was an avid horseman belonging to the Caldwell Saddle Club for many years.  He loved to hunt, fish and golf and later traveled with friends in their campers for which many memories were made.He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother,  Jackie and his sister JoAnn. Memorials may be given in Kenneth’s name to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund or to the Czechoslovakian Cemetery. Interment will be in the Czechoslovakian Cemetery, Caldwell.last_img read more

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