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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Supreme Court: Testimony of a witness with disability not inferior; intersectionality need to be taken in to account while determining the case.

Court : Supreme Court of India

Bench:  Hon'ble Chief Justice Dr Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud & Hon'ble Justice M R Shah

Case No: Criminal Appeal No 452 of 2021

Case Title: Patan Jamal Vali v. State of Andhra Pradesh

Citation: 2021 INSC 272

Date of Judgement: April 27, 2021


Testimony of a witness with disability cannot be considered inferior to that of their able-bodied counterparts only on account of the disability. Crimes against Women, Caste-based Violence, lntersectionality, Gender Evidence, Testimony of Person with Disability.

The case was about the rape of a girl with visual impairment belonging to a Scheduled Caste. The SC affirmed the conviction of the appellant for rape of the girl with visual impairment. The court discussed that it is imperative to take into account the inter sectionality while determining the case. The court emphasised that threats against women with disabilities in India are not uncommon and can lead to feelings of powerlessness. However, the court clarified that by this they did not mean to subscribe to the stereotype that persons with disabilities are weak and helpless, rather aim to highlight the increased vulnerability in such cases, and cited reports such as the 2018 report by Human Rights Watch. The court also gave certain guidelines including the need for Awareness-raising campaigns, in accessible formats, to inform women.