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Pakistan university rejects visually impaired gold medalist at entrance examination

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  1. BRAVO_

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    Kinza Sajid was turned away from an entrance exam and insulted
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    Dubai: Kinza Sajid, a student in Pakistan who is a person of determination, was rejected during her entrance examination by Punjab University staff on account of her visual impairment.

    The university denied her request for a question paper with a larger font size. In an interview with online channel Just1 TV, Sajid described how a staff member then publicly questioned her capability to pursue a career in clinical psychology. The staff member asked if she would “even be able to see her patients’ expressions during clinical sessions”.

    On January 8, the Lahore High Court accepted the petition by Sajid’s lawyer - Ambreen Kureshi - and asked for a reply from the university. Kureshi, a human rights lawyer, posted the update on her personal Facebook page.
    Gold medalist and a person of determination

    Sajid suffers from a condition known as white cataracts, which causes visual impairment. Despite the challenge it poses, however, Sajid was a gold medalist at Forman Christian College during her undergraduate course in psychology.

    In an interview with website UrduPoint.com, Sajid spoke about how she read text in enlarged fonts using a magnifying glass.

    After her experience at Punjab University, Sajid began a campaign for justice, and took the matter to court.
    Online support

    Social media users appreciated Sajid’s move and expressed their support for her cause. Many were disappointed by the university’s attitude.

    Iffrah Minal posted on Facebook: “[This is] as pathetic as it can get. Being a psychology department, they are insensitive about such issues. What will they be teaching their students? And how might they be treating their patients?”

    On a comment thread, Alvina Wasim posted: “ ... there is no justification for this treatment. You [Sajid] should show your resilience as you always have and make a comeback with your studies.”

    Social media user Khunsha Gul posted on Facebook: “This is really unfair. Such behaviour towards a brilliant and hardworking student. This should never affect you in anyway. You will continue to excel in [your] studies. It is only them who are going to lose an ingenious student. We all support you in this!”

    https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pak...d-medalist-at-entrance-examination-1.61370905
     
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    Hope the people responsible at the university are sacked. So what if she is visually impaired? Should she just die? This woman has achieved more than most of us with eyes at such a young age.
     
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    the article did not say what kind of visual impairment she has
    the questions are fair. How is a visually impaired person going to be a clinical psychologist ?

    if she is smart she will make something of her life
     
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    what the hell is wrong with the administration, and the idiot who made fun of her?
    someone should stab his eyes with a pen, and ask the same question

    are you stupid or what?
    if a blind person can make a Judge, she can do it too
     
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    313ghazi SENIOR MEMBER

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    A blind man was the British Home secretary for 3 years. He held two other cabinet posts and was an MP for 28 years. His name was David Blunkett.

    You can listen to people and understand what they are saying, you don't always have to see thier face.
     
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    do you know what a clinical psychologist does for a living ? it is hard to make an observation if you are blind

    that may be true for a lot of occupations. it is hard for visually impaired person to be a clinical psychologist
     
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    sometimes story get changed and extra stuff added, I dont think any educated person will make fun of her but some question needed to be asked.
     
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    what is wrong with her being asked that? unless she has some magical ability to read people without actually being able to see them, it (the blindness, partial or otherwise) is a valid reason to be rejected
    @Slav Defence lookee see how smart and polite these persons are
     
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    would you want to be examined by a blind doctor ?
     
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    first tell me that you do realize that I'm on your side in this, right?
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    No, neither would I want to be judged by a blind person, nor would I want to be driven around by a blind driver just because he/she can find his/her way to the car using a seeing eye dog or that the car has Artificial Intelligence. Just because something is possible at 4 or 5 times the cost, does not mean that it must be done. Regarding Blunket being home secretary, that is entirely irrelevant because UK being wealthy could afford to make such token gestures, Pakistan cannot afford such outrageous political correctness.
     
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    I realize it bro ...
     
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    do you know what a judge does for a living ? it is hard to observe evidence if you are blind
     
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    i prefer a judge with eyes than a blind one
     
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    well we also have a blind judge
    and fortunately we aren't USA, so everyone here gets good jobs if they work hard enough, and they do it perfectly
     
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    Especially when they have recommendation/safaarish from some corrupt relative or friend in a position of power. It's not as if the blind judge is there to dispense justice. Up to quite recently it was always (perhaps still is) predetermined as to who is going to win or lose in a civilian government run court of India/Pakistan/Swampdesh/Burma etc. In such situation it does not matter whether judge is deaf, dumb as well as blind
     
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