Woman's Test Victory Could Help Thousands
July 17, 2006
NEW DELHI, INDIA--One woman's persistence to be allowed a simple accommodation to take a civil services test has resulted in a victory for thousands of people with disabilities similar to hers.
Sunita Dogra, 26, found out last week that the Delhi High Court has ruled she can appear before the Union Public Service Commission's main civil services exam this coming November -- with the aid of a scribe to write her answers.
The decision came just hours before the scheduled preliminary exams, which she passed using the accommodation.
Dogra, whom the Indian Express described as having a "90 percent disability in her upper limbs", challenged the commission's past rule that only blind people be allowed a scribe.
"My victory will help about 6,500 orthopedically-disabled people who have been aspiring to appear for the Civil Services examination for a long time," she said. "I am very happy that many more orthopedically-disabled people will get a chance to appear for the exam."
"After rewriting UPSCs rules for disabled, city girl ready for the big test" (Indian Express)