Rights violations against disabled and untouchables

Human rights violation continues unabated

MYSORE: Protection of human rights in the country has remained only on papers. Regrettably, over 28 crore people are being ill-treated in India as they are considered untouchables, said Mahajana’s College director of legal studies C K N Raja here on Tuesday.

Enforcing human rights in India cannot happen only by the Constitution and judiciary. Social and intellectual reformation of society is also needed for the same, he felt. Raja was speaking after inaugurating a two-day all India course coordinators’ meet organized by the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) to focus on role and responsibilities of the Rehabilitation Council of India in implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in the city.

Speaking of the tyranny being faced by the under-privileged, he said it is shameful to note that even the educated class in the country exploits and humiliates the less privileged like domestic helps. It is appalling that educated people force domestic servants to over work and disregard them too. Such acts are a shame to society. Simply portraying that they are god fearing and honest is insufficient. It is important for people to follow moral principles and values, he added.

The two-day meet will focus on identifying areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities, to effectively exercise their rights and the areas where their rights have been violated.

Resource faculty from different institutions will lecture on various aspects related to UNCRPD. Coordinators from various institutions offering bachelors and masters courses in speech and hearing from across the country are participating.

24 Feb 2009, TNN

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