Persons with disability stage protest

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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PRESSING THEIR DEMANDS: The protest held on CLRI premises in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Karunakaran
PRESSING THEIR DEMANDS: The protest held on CLRI premises in Chennai on Wednesday. — Photo: M. Karunakaran

A group of persons with disability staged a demonstration here on Wednesday demanding a comprehensive law which recognises all rights of persons with disabilities.

They also boycotted the State-level consultation on the working draft for new legislation for Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2011, organised by the National Institute of Empowerment of Persons with Multiple Disabilities and the Spastic Society of Tamil Nadu, at the Central Leather Research Institute.

“The comprehensive Act should address all our special needs,” said T.M.N. Deepak, a person with disability. The consultation meeting was disrupted and the people who participated in the meeting were shifted from the CLRI premises to another location later in the day.

The consultation on the working draft should encompass the concerns of all sections of persons with disability, said D. Gnanabharathi, a person with paraplegia.

“Persons like me in urban centres have facilities for a better life. But people with paraplegia in rural areas are suffering a lot. The consultation should address all their concerns,” he added.

“More persons with disability, from the rural areas, should participate in the consultation,” said Mr Gnanabharathi.

“Most of the 240 persons who registered their names for the consultation were people without any disability. More persons with disability should have been participating in the consultation,” said P.Simmachandran, State secretary, Federation of Tamil Nadu Physically Handicapped Associations.

Many persons with disability stressed the need for appropriate penal sections for dereliction of duty in implementing the provisions of the Act.

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