Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS): Amend Security Procedures that Cause Humiliation to Travelers with Disabilities
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Smiti Bhatia
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Rajesh Bhatia

Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS): Amend Security Procedures that Cause Humiliation to Travelers with Disabilities

    1. Rajesh Speaks
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      Rajesh Speaks

      Gurgaon, Haryana, India

We protest against the human rights violation by BCAS - Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, India, demonstrating the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that physically disabled citizens of India are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety and emotional trauma.

The dictate of BCAS to the Indian Airports to regard the disabled and sick passengers carrying prosthesis such as artificial legs, a bigger security risk, to ask them to strip and remove prosthesis and, to make the wheel chair bound passengers stand up for thorough checking & not use thier wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity.

The entire screening procedure for the physically disabled passengers and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff at the Indian aiports need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a human face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized. The international norms for checking prosthetic limbs do not require amputees to strip & to remove their prosthesis; nor do they require wheel-chair bound passengers to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? We're not asking that the national security & the security of travelers be compromised. We are only asking that BCAS implements the international norms/world class facilities that provide the highest level of security & customer service to all who pass through screening checkpoints & to treat people with special needs (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy that they deserve.  We are aksing BCAS to enforce a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of the physically disabled and travelers with medical conditions.

 

 

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    1. Breakthrough Accompolishement

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Rajesh Speaks campaign accomplished another *BREAKTHROUGH* on 26th July, 2014. While flying from Delhi International airport for U.S., Rajesh Bhatia experienced a dignified and respectful screening at the airport's security check point. The CISF staff screened him by using ETD-Explosive Trace Detection Technology. He was not asked to remove his prosthesis.

      Thus far, this year this is is our 4th tangible VICTORY. Rajesh went through a courteous and a hassle free screening before boarding domestic flights this year on 9th June & 3rd July from different Indian airports. During the week of 9th June, Suranjana Ghosh Aikara experienced similar respectful screening before boarding a domestic flight from Cochin airport. We had kept you all informed of these positive developments through our following posts on Rajesh Speaks FB page:

      http://on.fb.me/UzmXv8
      http://on.fb.me/1rMInU1

      Granted that we still have a long way to go in our campaign to ensure that all our fellow-beings (including children & elderly) with myriad number of disabilities and medical conditions are appropriately handled by CISF staff at the Indian airports. Yet these small tangible victories are our pathway to much bigger ones in the future. Our VOICE is getting heard by the senior CISF officials who are being thoughtful enough to issue directives to the CISF personnel for dignified screening of travelers with disabilities. We are very thankful to them for their thoughtfulness!

      We are very thankful to all those who continue to support us in our mission! We could not have come so far in our mission without your support, helping hand and guidance. Together we will continue to strive relentlessly until the screening needs of all our fellow-beings with myriad disabilities and medical conditions are fulfilled!

      *IMP. Announcement*: We are thrilled to inform ...

      IMP. Announcement*: We are thrilled to inform our community that Rajesh Speaks campaign achieved its THIRD TANGIBLE VICTORY on 3rd July. While flying from Delhi International airport for Chandigarh on 3rd July and flying back on the same day to Delhi from the Chandigarh airport, Rajesh Bhatia went through a hassle free screening at both the airports' security check points.

    2. Third Tangible Victory

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      We are thrilled to inform our community that Rajesh Speaks campaign achieved its THIRD TANGIBLE VICTORY on 3rd July. While flying from Delhi International airport for Chandigarh on 3rd July and flying back on the same day to Delhi from the Chandigarh airport, Rajesh Bhatia went through a hassle free screening at both the airports' security check points. The CISF staff at these airports screened Rajesh by using ETD- Explosive Trace Detection Technology. They did not ask him to remove his prosthesis.

      As we had informed you on our post dated June 10th, Rajesh went through a hassle free and a respectful screening on June 9th at Delhi's International airport before boarding his flight for Germany. During the same week of June, Suranjana Ghosh Aikara experienced similar respectful screening at the Cochin airport's security check point before boarding her flight for Mumbai!

      Granted that we still have a long way to go in our campaign to ensure that all our fellow-beings (including children & elderly) with myriad number of disabilities and medical conditions are appropriately handled by CISF staff at the Indian airports. Yet these small tangible victories are our pathway to much bigger ones in the future. Our VOICE is finally getting heard by the senior CISF officials who are being thoughtful enough to issue directives to the CISF personnel for dignified screening of travelers with disabilities. We express our gratitude to these senior officials for taking our complaints and suggestions in their stride!

    3. Don't miss on Rajesh Speaks Updates and Posts

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Make sure that you place a check mark on the "Get Notifications" option under the "LIKED" tab on the Rajesh Speaks Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RajeshSpeaks.HumanRights. This is the only way for you to receive the posts and updates on your FB. Owing to a recent change made by Facebook, just merely LIKING a FB page is not enough anymore to receive updates and posts from that page.

      Here's a link to this announcement on our FB: http://on.fb.me/1vslmmE

      IMP. Announcement: Make sure that you place a ...

      IMP. Announcement: Make sure that you place a check mark on the "Get Notifications" option under the "LIKED" tab on our page. This is the only way for you to receive our posts and updates on your FB.

    4. The New DGCA Circular & More!

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      DGCA circular mandates sensitive handling of passengers with disabilities. Changes will come into effect from July 1, says AAI. Read the article- Overhaul at airport soon:
      http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-infra/overhaul-at-airport-soon/article6146073.ece

      Check out this link as well on PMO seeking consumer-centric ideas from aviation ministry: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/1lw5NN5X7POAEu3a0FgnpK/PMO-seeks-consumercentric-ideas-from-aviation-ministry.html

      To receive all the important updates from us please check mark "Get Notifications" Option on the "LIKED" tab on Rajesh Speaks FB page: www.facebook.com/RajeshSpeaks.HumanRights.

      Overhaul at airport soon?

      Come July, Chennai airport will take extra care of disabled persons, senior citizens and pregnant women. This is thanks to a circular issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), New Delhi, which mandates operation of free buggies to transport people from one level to the other, provision of small trolleys beyond security check to carry the hand baggage up to the boarding gate, displaying details of nodal officers to register complaints about airlines.

    5. Rajesh Speaks Campaign Achieves Its First Tangible Victory

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Read the complete story from the Rajesh Speaks FB page link: http://on.fb.me/1lob0m4

      *Owing to a written complaint submitted by us on

      Owing to a written complaint submitted by us on June 4th, to the office of CISF (aside to BCAS and CCPD) on Rajesh Bhatia's incident of harassment at the security checkpoint at the Visakhapatnam airport on 31st May, we achieved OUR FIRST TANGIBLE VICTORY on 9th June.* A very senior official from CISF headquarters in New-Delhi contacted Rajesh upon receiving his complaint and assured him that he would ensure that he does not face any harassment from CISF at the screening check point, before boarding his flight for Germany from Delhi's International Airport on 9th June.

    6. Rajesh Bhatia Was Once Again Asked to Remove His Trousers

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Read the full story here: http://on.fb.me/1kPpP1q

      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      Rajesh Bhatia was once again asked to remove his trousers and prosthesis by a CISF officer at the Visakhapatnam airport in India on 31st May, 2014.* *Today we have filed an official complaint against this incident with the offices of DG CISF, BCAS and CCPD.* Rajesh was flying back to Delhi by Air India on that day after a one day trip to Visakhapatnam for work purposes.

    7. The Differently Abled Community Protests Against the New SOP

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer
      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      The differently abled community of India raises its VOICE against the new SOP issued by BCAS. The new SOP has legalised discriminatory screening...

    8. We Condemn the New SOP Passed by BCAS

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      The differently abled citizens of India CONDEMN the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) passed by BCAS on 28th March 2014, on the airport screening procedures for people with special needs. Our message to BCAS is: WE DESERVE RESPECT NOT HUMILIATION. WE ARE ASKING FOR OUR HUMAN RIGHTS NOT CHARITY. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED CITIZENS OF INDIA. WE WILL TAKE OUR FIGHT AGAINST THE DISCRIMINATORY SOP TO THE FINISH!
      http://on.fb.me/1eetv6d

      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      The differently abled citizens of India CONDEMN the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) passed by BCAS on 28th March 2014, on the airport screening...

    9. Rajesh Bhatia Seizes the Attention of CISF staff and BCAS Officials

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer
      Rajesh Speaks - **BREAKTHROUGH ANNOUNCEMENT from none... | Facebook

      BREAKTHROUGH ANNOUNCEMENT from none other than Rajesh Bhatia!** "I was invited to attend a CISF workshop today, 30th March, to enlighten the gathering on frisking of passengers who use prosthetics. The workshop was held at Ashoka Country Resort in New-Delhi.

    10. Rajesh Speaks Campaign Celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary Today

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Link to our first anniversary post on Rajesh Speaks FB page: http://on.fb.me/1lrtpND

      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      Here comes the post for which you all have been counting down! **We are very excited to celebrate our 1 year anniversary today on March 21st, 2014. It...

    11. Rajesh's harrowing experience with CISF gets published in Hindustan Times

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer
      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      Rajesh Bhatia's story has been published in today's, March 14th Hindustan Times Mumbai edition.* Do scroll down to read the BREAKING NEWS from Rajesh....

    12. Rajesh Bhatia Faces Humiliation by CISF Staff 4th Time in Last One Month

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      While going through security check on 1st March 2014 at Delhi's T3 Terminal, Rajesh Bhatia was once again harassed by CISF personnel. "Inspector E Mirugesan of CISF harassed me to an extreme today. He could not understand why there was a metallic rod between the knee and toe of my prosthetic leg and insisted that I remove my prosthesis so he could run it through the X-Ray machine. I fought with him and his constable. I stuck to my guns and told him that I could not remove my prosthesis and that he conduct an ETD test instead. I refused to give up to the CISF inspector's dictates. After lot of fight and argument he finally agreed. I told him to remember my face and name and to watch out for my action against him on this maltreatment. Owing to all this humiliation I was about to miss my flight but somehow boarded it by the nick of time." ~ Rajesh Bhatia

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=759534577391934&set=a.592387664106627.1073741828.590369414308452&type=1&the

    13. The Atrocities of BCAS towards the PWDs in India Continue Unabated

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      BCAS continues to blatantly, outrageously and overtly IGNORE our demand for the dignified screening of people with special needs. Check out these links:
      1) http://on.fb.me/1efF4xb
      2) http://bit.ly/1cJRfkY.

      PWDs in India, please do not chose to be the silent victims of similar disgraceful treatment towards you by the CISF staff at Indian airports. Together we have to continue to march tirelessly and roar together as one LOUD VOICE until BCAS mends its ways. We need to do the following consistently: a) Bring this issue to the attention of the media since it will go a long way in creating an outrage against BCAS; b) Protest together on Rajesh Speaks FB as one community (www.facebook.com/rajeshspeaks.humanrights); & c) Intensify our signature campaign against BCAS. SIGN and SHARE the petition link: http://chn.ge/ZM7H9A.

      I was again asked to strip waist down on 6th and

      I was again asked to strip waist down on 6th and 10th of February 2014 at Delhi's T 3 domestic terminal. When I asked the CISF personnel what he was looking for, the answer was 'Knife'. I again asked him whether he felt, after examining the prosthesis, if I could hide a knife in the limb, the answer was 'No Sir'.

    14. Important Update from Javed Abidi on the Rajesh Speaks campaign

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      On 15th January, 2014, we received an important update on the progress of our campaign from Javed Abidi, Honorary Director at National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and Convenor at Disabled Rights Group (DRG). Mr. Abidi had decided to take up our cause last year in October. Since then he has been diligently working with the concerned authorities in India to ensure that SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for the screening of people with special needs at the Indian airports will change for good.

      Here's the update from Javed Abidi in his own words, "The progress has been a bit slow due to the change of guard within the Ministry. I had a meeting today with the relevant people in MoCA. There is a clear resistance from BCAS, who are controlled more by MHA than by MoCA. But, still I am hopeful that SOP will change and change for the better. Will try and update you next week."

      Our gratitude & salutes to Javed Abidi for his support to our campaign.

    15. The Battle for Dignified Security Procedures will NOT STOP

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Our battle for dignified security procedures will not stop until BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, India) & MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) stop discriminating against the differently abled travelers and adopt respectful screening procedures at the Indian airports for them.
      http://on.fb.me/1dNGqAO.
      The lack of response or action from the BCAS after the recommendations for the amended SOP were submitted in August has meant that differently abled will continue to face humiliating security screening at airport security. The personnel continue to be untrained and act at their own whims.
      We're not asking that the national security be compromised. We are only asking that BCAS & MoCA implement the international norms that provide the highest level of security and customer service to all who pass through screening checkpoints and to treat people with special needs (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy that they deserve.

      Rajesh Speaks - Timeline Photos | Facebook

      Today on the International Disability day, we declare that our battle for dignified security procedures will not stop until BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, India) & MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) stop discriminating against the differently abled travelers and adopt respectful screening procedures at the Indian airports for them.

    16. Breaking News: BCAS blatantly ignores our recommendations

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      BCAS blatantly ignores our recommendations that the disability groups had apprised them of both verbally & in writing on August 7th meeting this year. The news was published on 5th Nov. Hindustan Times Delhi edition:
      http://bit.ly/19CFWsO
      There is still no clarity nor any set guidelines on the screening procedures for travelers with disabilities. Even worse, BCAS has left it to the crude CISF personnel to screen such travelers in whichever ways these personnel deem necessary. This is a SHAME as BCAS has no conscience nor any humanity or accountability. We request you all to come up with suggestions that could help our campaign. Please post your comments to this post. SHARE it on your FB walls. We now need a massive & a much more intense protest against BCAS. This news has certainly not hurt our morale. We will not surrender to BCAS and we will conquer such setbacks as we are the warrior souls! Please continue to sign and gather signatures on our petition.

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. Rajesh Bhatia relinquishes his privacy by sharing his video on CNN IBN

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      CNN IBN October 22nd 2013: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/man-with-prosthetic-leg-asked-to-strip-for-check-at-delhi-airport/429557-3-244.html

      Do we need another candle light march? Sit on a Dharna at India Gate? People, wake up. Raise your voice if you have experienced similar kind of humiliation. One has to fight for ones rights. Lodge a complaint with commissioner of BCAS? Send it through registered post. Inundate BCAS office with your complaints. Send a copy of your letter to Minister Of Civil Aviation Mr. Ajit Singh. Please do not feel oppressed or think that this is a normal/routine security procedure. It is not. No body can force you to strip, remove your prosthesis, stand up from the wheel chair, disallow oxygen cylinder, show your urine bag etc. Fight for justice my friends; after all this is democracy.~ Rajesh Bhatia

      Man with prosthetic leg asked to strip for security check at Delhi airport

      Months after a woman was allegedly asked to remove her prosthetic leg at an airport, another passenger with a prosthetic leg recounts his humiliation at Delhi's IGI Airport. He was forced to strip for a security check. This comes two months after the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security promised to make airports more friendly for the differently abled.

    19. "I am not going to surrender to the mighty size of BCAS and politicians"

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles…they don’t flock, you find them one at a time.”

      Like an eagle, I have a strong vision and sharp focus. My vision is to see respectful, dignified & humane security norms (in compliance with international best practices which also ensure top notch security) implemented at the Indian airports for our differently abled fellow-beings. I am so focused on the fulfillment of my vision that no storm, no obstacle can come in my way. Read more at: http://on.fb.me/1a57o2h

      ~ Rajesh Bhatia

      "A true leader has the confidence to stand ...

      "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

    20. "Rajesh Bhatia’s story: Why India’s airports aren’t truly international"

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      "Rajesh still feels humiliated when he narrates how the officers mocked him. “I was asked about if I got married before or after my amputation… don’t know what sense that made,’ he adds. Pushpa Bhatia, 72, mother of Rajesh adds, “It was a horrible situation for us, I was myself in a wheel chair and no one told me where my son was… my grand daughters also panicked and it became very difficult for us to get updates from the staff.”" ~ Firstpost, October 20th, 2013

      Read more at: http://www.firstpost.com/living/rajesh-bhatias-story-why-indias-airports-arent-truly-international-1182875.html?utm_source=ref_article

      Rajesh Bhatia's story: Why India's airports aren't truly international

      Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport's T3 terminal is known for its swanky interiors and modern architecture, but when it comes to the quality of security personnel's training at the airport, the standards are truly of the past. Rajesh Bhatia has now dealt with this horror, twice.

    21. Rajesh Bhatia forced to strip again at the airport

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      On 8th October 2013 I, Rajesh Bhatia, was humiliated again at Terminal 3 of IGI Airport, Delhi by CISF personnel while going on a vacation to Thailand. I was forced to strip waist down despite having produced various documents like medical certificate and my photograph clearly showing the internal configurations of my prosthesis. I was again asked to remove the prosthesis so that the same could be run through the baggage ExRay machine. Prosthesis is an expensive equipment and can get damaged easily. After arguing, finally the CISF personnel agreed to conduct Explosive Detector Test (ETD). We gave our recommendations to BCAS on 7th August 2013, however, till date, the SOP has not been amended. We have had no word from BCAS yet. The horrific experience that I was forced to go through at the IGI airport was published in the Indian Express today: http://m.indianexpress.com/news/man-with-prosthesis-asked-to-strip-for-check-at-igia/1184015/

      Man with prosthesis asked to strip for check at IGI airport

      PRIYAL DAVE : Mumbai | Fri Oct 18 2013, 10:32 hrs A 45-year-old finance professional with a multinational pharmaceutical company was allegedly asked to strip waist down in front of security personnel at Terminal 3 in Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on October 8.

    22. Letter sent to the Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Ajit Singh

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to inform you that the Assistant Convener of NPRD India, Muralidharan, has sent a letter today (Oct.14th) to the Minister of Civil Aviation Mr. Ajit Singh. The letter was sent as a follow-up to the August 7th meeting of the disability sector with the BCAS officials to discuss the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the screening of passengers with special needs at the Indian airports.

      Muralidharan has urged Mr. Ajit Singh to share the Standard Operating Procedures with him, Anjlee Agarwal of Samarthayan, Amba Salekar of Inclusive Planet, Suranjana Ghosh, myself & few others from the disability sector in order to enable all of us to give our inputs before they are finalized.

      On the behalf of Rajesh Speaks community I would like to thank Muralidharan for writing a letter to Mr. Ajit Singh. Hopefully Mr. Singh will respond to Muralidharan's letter soon. We will keep you all posted on the developments.

      ~Rajesh Bhatia on behalf of Rajesh Speaks Community

    23. "Air travel still harrowing for people with special needs"

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      Three activists who are members of EkthA, an advocacy organisation for the rights of persons with neurological impairment and development disorders, were harassed by the CISF personnel at the airports in Chennai and Hyderabad in India on October 4th, 2013. They were forced into unfamiliar wheelchairs rather than the customised ones they use, they had to cough up Rs.16,000 so that the airliner could arrange an ambulift to get them on to the aircraft. Worse followed when they were lifted up along with the wheelchair by personnel who were neither trained for nor sensitive to the situation.

      http://bit.ly/1gikRXB

      We cannot continue to sit and watch these ongoing shameless acts of discrimination by BCAS against our differently-abled fellow-beings. To all those who want to stand up and raise their voice against this brutal discrimination, please sign the Rajesh Speaks petition here and have your family and friends sign it as well.

      Air travel still harrowing for people with special needs

      Air travel in India is anything but the hassle-free mode that centrally framed guidelines promise. That is what three differently abled persons, including a woman, learnt the hard way after they underwent a harrowing time at the airports in Chennai and Hyderabad.

    24. Rajya Sabha discusses the issue of passengers with artificial limbs

      Rajesh Speaks
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to inform you that even though I have not yet heard from BCAS since the August 7th meeting of the disability groups with the BCAS officials, things seem to moving along. On September 12th, Rajya Sabha discussed the issue of passengers with artificial limbs being asked to remove them at airport security, with the Minister of Civil Aviation. Hopefully our suggestions for the Draft SOP for dignified and sensitized security norms for the differently abled citizens of India will be implemented soon.

      Rajya Sabha meeting link:https://www.facebook.com/notes/nprd-india/screening-of-disabled-air-passengers/378048575657609

      Please share the petition link (http://chn.ge/ZM7H9A) with five more friends, family members and colleagues and ask them to do the same. Please ask that they stand with you on this important issue.

      For additional Information and updates, please visit our FaceBook Community: https://www.facebook.com/rajeshspeaks.humanrights.

      ~Rajesh Bhatia

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    • Keziah May BELFAST, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      I too have been publicly humiliated and traumatised by the way I have been treated by Indian airport security. The worst offence happened to me when I was only 16 years old, and was not allowed to have my travel companion with me.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      Being disabled should not mean being disqualified from having access to every aspect of life."

      -- Emma Thompson

      "The more I read and the more I talked to other parents of children with disabilities and normal children, the more I found that feelings and emotions about children are very much the same in all families. The accident of illness or disability serves only to intensify feelings and emotions, not to change them."

      -- Judith Weatherly

      “Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.”

      -- Dr. Paul Tournier

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    • DHANI OM NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • 5 months ago

      An essential need !

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      • 6 months ago

      Our disabled are treated worse than animals. With no rights and proper facilities.

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    • Oreen Tellis INDIA
      • 6 months ago

      I believe that we need to be empathetic with people who are differently abled...We as a country still have a long way to go in creating a differently abled supportive society...and if this is the start...I want to be a part of it.

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