KFB to take out a White Cane rally on October 15

The Kerala Federation of the Blind (KFB) has appealed to the State government to launch a massive awareness campaign for drivers and the traffic police to protect the visually challenged from road accidents.

At a press conference here on Friday, leaders of the organisation said the situation was “beyond words” as many a time they were facing serious neglect on the part of drivers and the traffic police. As part of creating better awareness of the situation, the federation, in association with Comtrust Eye Hospital here, would organise a White Cane rally on October 15. City Police Commissioner G. Sparjan Kumar would flag off the rally in the hospital compound.

“We will be able to cite several instances where two-wheelers knock down the hapless and safely escape from the spot,” the leaders said.

“In several cities, including Kozhikode, the visually challenged are afraid to step out to the road. Traders encroaching the pavements and the unauthorised parking in public places too trouble us a lot,” said C.K. Aboobacker, State president of the federation.

P.T. Mohammed Musthafa, acting president of the federation, said the government was yet to consider the demand of the physically challenged that a separate welfare department be set up for them.