Strict Action Against Airlines Violating Rights of Differently abled
  • Petitioned Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, India

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Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, India

Strict Action Against Airlines Violating Rights of Differently abled

    1. Dssw Alumni
    2. Petition by

      Dssw Alumni

      New Delhi, India

The case of a woman passenger with cerebral palsy rudely deplaned by SpiceJet is a terrible reminder of the distance India still needs to travel in recognising and respecting the human rights of disabled people. The deplaning of Jeeja Ghosh, a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, who was going to deliever a lecture in Goa on "Mainstreaming the Diferently abled", is a repeat of a widely-publicised 2007 case when the now defunct Sahara Airlines refused to fly a wheelchair-bound passenger out of Chennai.

Even the International norms also permit disabled passengers to carry assistive aids, including guide dogs by the blind. Moreover, the medical disqualifications on travel prescribed by the International Air Transport Authority do not apply to persons with cerebral palsy. 

The Captain in question was blissfully ignorant of these regulations. Worse still, he enforced his will,paying scant regard to the inconvenience and trauma this would cause a passenger who had paid for her journey and already been seated like every other person on board.

For his part, Union Minister for Social Justice Mukul Wasnik should impress upon his counterpart in the Civil Aviation ministry the need to discipline those who wilfully flouted the DGCA's guidelines in this case. A major weakness of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, is the absence of a punitive clause. This is arguably the reason why its provisions remain poorly implemented.

The United Progressive Alliance government is debating fresh legislation on persons with disabilities. A test of its commitment to guarantee basic rights and equal opportunities for this segment of the population will be whether it addresses this major shortcoming. Jeeja Ghosh could not fly that day because India's disability law is up in the air. It is time to bring it down to earth, anchoring it firmly in the terrain of equality that our Constitution envisages for all citizens.

Thank you.

Vinay Kumar

C.C. :  1.Minister for Civil Aviation, India
            2.CEO, SPICE JET


Source: The Hindu, dated 24th Feb 2012
               The Indian Express, dated 20th Feb 2012 

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    1. Reached 200 signatures
    2. Panel to look into differently-abled air passengers' problems

      Dssw Alumni
      Petition Organizer

      It will have representatives of DGCA, AAI, BCAS and airlines
      The Civil Aviation Ministry has constituted a committee to look into the problems faced by the differently-abled or persons with reduced mobility while undertaking air travel and give suggestions on improving the facilities to make their travel more convenient.

      The panel on the ‘Rights of Passengers with Disabilities and Reduced Mobility,' to be chaired by G. Asok Kumar, joint secretary in the Ministry, has been asked to give a report in eight weeks.

      The committee will include representatives of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the Airports Authority of India, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, airlines, and organisations involved in working for persons with disability/reduced mobility.

      The panel will look into several relevant aspects, including the required modification to the Civil Aviation Requirement in view of the guidelines adopted in developed countries and the resolution formed by the United Nations

    3. Rights of differently-abled air passengers to be discussed.... MoCA

      Dssw Alumni
      Petition Organizer

      Concerned over recent incidents of violation of the rights of differently-abled passengers by some airlines, the Civil Aviation Minister has decided to convene a meeting to discuss the issue with voluntary organisations working for their rights.

      In a letter to convener of the Disabled Rights Group (DRG) Javed Abidi, Civil Aviation Secretary Nasim Zaidi said the Ministry was concerned about non-adherence to the regulatory framework.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Another harrowing airport experience for Anjlee

      Dssw Alumni
      Petition Organizer

      This is the third major case of harassment to disabled passengers that has come to light within the past fortnight by the airlines.

    6. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Reema Wahi MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      INCLUSION should not be only on paper.It should be in practice.

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    • MADHAVI ADUSUMALLI GHAZIABAD, U.P., INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because needs oof the disabled require urgent attention of Public service providers in India.

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    • Esmeralda Worman ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      I have a disability as I am a short person and I think that India needs to be change it's attitude about People with Disabilities.

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    • Sohini Sarkar CHEVY CHASE, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree with Jeeja, who I am proud to call a friend. Spice Jet’s offer to fly her to Goa is ridiculous. First disciplinary actions need to be taken against the pilot. Second, Spice Jet needs to make a substantive financial donation to the Indian Institute of Cerebral palsy. Unless the above mentioned conditions are fulfilled, I feel it is fair to sue them for discrimination and flouting DGCA guidelines. This keeps happening and it is a bloody shame on us as a nation.

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    • PRATIK MITRA MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      i protest the act of the spicejet official. we need a society where all human being are treated as equal.

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