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Nepal top court overturns ban on climbers with disabilities

June 28, 2018
Nepal top court overturns ban on climbers with disabilities

In this file photograph taken on April 24, 2018, climbers cross the Khumbu icefall of Mount Everest (8848m), as seen from the Everest base camp, some 140 kms northeast of Kathmandu. Photo: AFP

Nepal’s Supreme Court overturned a government ban on double amputees and blind people from scaling Mount Everest and other mountains in the country.

A five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Deepak Raj, issued the verdict on Wednesday. In March, the apex court had issued a stay order on the government move allowing disabled climbers to mount expeditions.

Rights groups had criticised the government order. On Wednesday, the bench issued a verdict to amend the clause of Nepal’s Mountaineering Expedition Regulation that prohibits double amputees, persons without arms and legs, and blind persons from attempting to climb Everest, reported The Kathmandu Post.


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