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India wants to dilute its Disabilities Act – to enable ease of doing business

India wants to dilute its Disabilities Act – to enable ease of doing business

Abhishek Annica, 33, is a prolific writer, poet and a research scholar at Ambedkar University. Last year, he decided to move into a flat on his own in East Delhi. What would have otherwise been a simple commercial transaction became extremely complicated because Annica lives with a locomotor disability.

He was rejected by at least half a dozen landlords before he figured out why this was happening. A common question they had all asked was “Will your parents live with you?”. Was this because they felt a disabled person is not capable to pay his rent? Or did they feel that looking after him would become their responsibility? He will never know.

What he does know is that these houses became unavailable as soon as the landlord learnt that the potential tenant is a single, disabled man.

As Persons with Disabilities, we face discrimination on a daily basis. It starts at home where sending a us to school and later college is not considered a worthy investment of time and money. It magnifies when educational institutions find reasons to not grant admissions to us as they might not want to take on the responsibility.

This discrimination continues through adult life. Our families often overlooks us in matters...

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