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India: Woman kidnapped by family to end marriage to disabled man

Posted 17/06-11 at 17.30

In Vadodara in the state of Gujarat, Nishant Vyas has reported to the police that his wife was kidnapped from their home by her parents because they opposed her marrying a disabled person. Vyas claims that the girl's family had been issuing threa ...

India: State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities attacks slow pace of change

Posted 20/05-11 at 04.15

K.V. Rajanna, the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities in the state of Karnataka, says that although money had been spent on disability, living conditions had not improved. "This is due to the slow pace of implementation of projects and indiffe ...

India: Confusion over mental health legislation

Posted 21/03-11 at 21.29

Disability rights groups are angry because it seems there are conflicting positions taken by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the rights of people with mental health problems. The lat ...

India: Protest against ‘biased’ consultation on new state disability law

Posted 14/03-11 at 02.36

On the 9th of March, in Chennai, capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, disabled people demonstrated against a consultation being held on new state-level disability legislation. ...

Convention: India to align disability law to match CRPD

Posted 21/01-11 at 20.54

At a seminar in New Delhi (January 14, 2011) on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Commonwealth, Mukul Wasnik, India's Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, admitted that that existing disability legislation falls short of the provisions o ...

India: Disabled women face major barriers to employment

Posted 09/12-10 at 11.57

A report, ‘Employment Rights of Disabled Women in India' carried out by the Society for Disability and Rehabilitation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) has found that disabled women are largely excluded from paid work not because of th ...

India: "Avevan, Nivedan, Danadan. First we ask, then we write, then we fight." The battle for inclusive education

Posted 29/11-10 at 02.29

Disabled children in India rarely progress beyond primary education, with school enrolment less than 10% in many areas. This reinforces social alienation and leads to very limited employment opportunities and greater poverty. Because of th ...

India: Disabled child beaten at special school

Posted 16/09-10 at 17.55

Parents of a 15-year-old boy with Down's Syndrome have claimed that at his South Mumbai school he had been tied and gagged with a handkerchief and even forced to eat chilies. Subsequently, it is alleged he was beaten by a teacher. The police and ...

India: Activists want drafting of new Disability Bill to reflect the CRPD

Posted 06/09-10 at 17.49

Participating in a two-day consultative meeting organised in Bangalore by Disability Rights Group (DRG) and National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons (NCPEDP), about 30 disability activists from the State of Karnataka urged the ...

India: Court orders government to comply with 1995 Disability Act

Posted 22/06-10 at 19.28

The 1995 Disability Act created a three per cent quota for disabled people in government employment. The Bombay High Court today said if by June 30th the government did not fill all the existing vacancies in the posts reserved for disabled people, ...

India: Disabled people on hunger strike against Indian Railways

Posted 11/05-10 at 21.25

On May 5th, disabled people in Chennai, Tamil Nadu staged a hunger strike to protest the decision of Indian Railways to open up disabled-friendly coaches for the general public. This came after nine months of making representations pointing out th ...

India: Mass demonstration of disabled people demand rights charter

Posted 28/04-10 at 21.09

On April 20th, the National Platform for the Rights of disabled people staged a protest outside the parliament building. Thousands of disabled ...

India: Supreme Court deals blow to employment rights of disabled people

Posted 07/04-10 at 20.09

The Supreme Court has upheld the firing of an employee who became deaf during his employment and said private employers were not under any legal obligation to re-deploy such persons in another post. The court said that on issues of employment, the ...

India: Disabled teacher wins back job

Posted 24/03-10 at 18.22

The country's Supreme Court has ordered that Syed Bashir-ud-Quadri, a teacher with cerebral palsy, be given back his post. Two year ago, after a complaint from another candidate that he was unsuitable to teach, a state court decision stripped him ...

India: UN Convention sparks disabled women’s demand for human rights

Posted 24/03-10 at 17.51

In Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, 150 members and supporters of the Vidya Sagar and Aid et Action held a rally to highlight the plight of disabled women. They pointed out that their rights had received special mention in the UN Convention, wh ...

Indian NGOs fear official report on implementing Convention could be a whitewash

Posted 26/01-10 at 00.08

Some Indian NGOs have raised serious questions about how the country's UNCRPD implementation report is being put together. An activist from Karnataka said, "If we raise questions we are brushed aside as troublemakers." He pointed out that ...

India: Country’s Disability Act not implemented, not reviewed and not in line with UN Convention

Posted 21/01-10 at 20.05

Disability activists and NGOs have criticized the Indian government for failing to keep its promise to amend the country's Disability Act to make it more effective, as well as to comply with the UN Convention. "Having signed and ratified t ...

India: Disabled girl beaten to death by father

Posted 20/01-10 at 18.28

In the state of Kerala, a seven-year-old girl with multiple impairments was thrashed to death by her father. The man, T. Abdulla (33), admitted his guilt to police, saying he was unable to bear the child's plight. http://vyganews.com/index ...

India: Disabled people on hunger strike over health centre closure

Posted 16/12-09 at 18.00

40 disabled people went on a hunger strike at Barasat, West Bengal, demanding the reopening of a health centre that has been closed by the district authorities. "We have been demanding an upgrade of the health service infrastructure for y ...

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