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December 17, 2018

Can't you give him [man with very rare skin disorder] a special consideration: Delhi HC asks Centre


As an exception, a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan of the Delhi High Court asked the Centre whether a man suffering from a rare skin disorder can be allowed to use solar control film on his vehicle as a "special consideration".

"Can't you give him a special consideration," the bench asked the Centre.

Notably, the Centre had sought the dismissal of the petitioner’s, Vipul Gambhir’s, plea on the ground that he had raised the issue in the Supreme Court which had declined to grant the relief.

The Centre then highlighted the availability of various other alternative remedies to the petitioner, Vipul Gambhir, such as using sunscreen cream, sun-shade, protective clothing, and other amenities available in the market to protect himself from the Sun’s UV rays.

On the other hand, Gambhir informed the court that due to his disease, doctors have advised him to use solar control film on his vehicle since his condition had deteriorated owing to exposure to UV radiation. Gambhir suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum, a very rare skin disorder where a person is highly sensitive to sunlight (the ability to repair the damage caused by UV light is deficient), has premature skin aging, and is prone to developing skin cancers.

However, in opposition, the government turned the spotlight on to the Supreme Court’s April 2012 order which has banned the use of black-colored solar control film on vehicles.

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