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Volume 9 Issue 6 - June 01, 2012

Deaf person can give testimony, says Supreme Court

D.N.I.S. News Network, India: A bench of the Supreme Court of India has ruled that a deaf person can be a credible witness and that testimony does not necessarily have to be spoken. It can be given through signs and in writing. The Supreme Court also quoted the Evidence Act which, under Section 119, now mentions that a person unable to speak can use signs or write his or her testimony that will be deemed as oral evidence, if made in open court.

The bench comprising Justices B.S. Chauhan and Dipak Misra was hearing an appeal against a Rajasthan High Court decision which freed a man accused of murder based on the testimony of the victim’s wife who is deaf. While upholding the judgement, the bench disagreed with the observations made against the testimony of a deaf person in a criminal case.

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