Five acid attack victims and a transgender today joined their jobs in the Delhi High Court, which, in a unique gesture, gave them employment after their plight was brought to the notice of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal.
A source close to Justice Mittal’s office said this was a “path-breaking initiative” by the high court, which could be an example for other institutions in the country to follow.
Confirming the decision, a senior member of the high court administration said “this is the first of its kind when such a decision has been taken. All the six, who joined today, have been given clerical jobs as per their qualification.”
The judicial officer, who did not wish to be named, said “we have taken this step, not only to give them a job, but to give value to these people”.
He said the decision was taken after the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA) sent a proposal earlier this month to explore job opportunities for these victims while highlighting their plight.
Pursuant to this, Justice Gita Mittal had interacted with the six persons before proceeding to offer them jobs at the High Court on contractual basis.
“All of them had faced discrimination and failed to get jobs due to their physical condition, which had prompted the DSLSA and the High Court to intervene,” the official said.
All the six, while sharing the commonality of being outcasts in the society, told PTI that they were extremely happy with the high court’s decision as they had approached various government bodies for jobs, but to no avail.
As carried in PTI