Civic bodies instructed to distribute special masks to hearing disabled by Bombay HC

The local bodies in Maharashtra along with the municipal corporations were asked to manufacture and distribute special masks for speech and hearing impaired persons by the Bombay High Court on Friday. The design of the sample mask approved by Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities (Divyangjan), Mumbai was suggested modifications by the court while asking states to procure such masks.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Lokshahiwadi Balasaheb Sarode Smriti Prabodhan Upakram through advocates Asim Sarode and Ajinkya Udane was heard on Friday by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni, seeking special masks for the speech and hearing impaired along with a penalty for people not wearing masks and proper disposal of biomedical wastes. A sample mask designed for the people suffering from hearing problems was presented before the court by Om Suryavanshi appearing for Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

According to the Bombay High Court, the sign printed on one side of the mask to cover the face should also be printed on the other side to facilitate clear visibility to the person who is facing the mask bearer from the other side or else the purpose of a special mask like this would be defeated.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) along with other local bodies and municipal corporations were encouraged by the High Court to manufacture and distribute such masks among people suffering from hearing disability, as per a statement given by the Bombay High Court.

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