The term ‘disabled’ has been changed to ‘differently-abled’ but in reality nothing much has changed for those people. They continue to suffer indifference from both the society and government.
As soon as the members tried to march towards the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to submit a memorandum, police swung into action and detained 15 members of the association.
Police taking a differently-abled man under custody. kashmirlife
President of the association, Abdul Rahid Bhat, said that they were protesting peacefully and tried to lodge their protest with the commissioner.
Girls with hearing disability during a protest last year in Srinagar. kashmirlife
As per the study of late Sociologist of Kashmir, Dr. Bashir Ahamd Dabla, the disabled population in the state has doubled since 2001 to nearly six lakh, out of which nearly 1 lakh happen to be children.
It seems that the apathy towards differently-abled people is not restricted to any particular area or class of people.
According to The Indian Express, Haryana’s Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities has been facing a harrowing time trying to meet his visitors. Why? Because his office is on the third floor.
So he is being forced to meet visitors in the parking lot of his office in Chandigarh’s Sector 17 for the last one year.
PC Yadav, commissioner disabilities, Office of the state commissioner for persons with disabilities. indianexpress
He has since been trying his best to shift the office to the ground floor of any building but to no avail.
“Nobody is effective before the government. A person in a constitutional post cannot even protest,” he said.
He also claims to have written several letters to the Haryana Chief Secretary requesting the government to allot two rooms on the ground floor either in the Haryana secretariat or the mini-secretariat in Sector 17 near the Inter State Bus Terminus, so that his office would become accessible to people in need.
Social Justice and Empowerment department was also marked in the mail, which was advised to arrange an office “at the earliest” either on the ground floor or accessible by lift or ramp.