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.
Have Difficulty Walking or Standing;
Use Wheelchair or Scooters;
Use Prosthetic Device;
Have Cast or a Brace or Supportive Alliance
Cannot Remove Shoes
Have Metal Joint Implants
Are Blind or Visually Impaired
Are Deaf or Hearing Impaired
Children with Disabilities
Have Intellectual Disabilities
Have Developmental Disabilities
Have Internal Medical Devices
Have Medically Necessary Liquids
Have Medically Necessary Radioactive Substances
Use Portable Oxygen
Have CPAPs, BiPAPs, and APAPs
Have an External Medical Device
Are Breast Cancer Survivors
Use Service Dogs Have
Have Difficulty Being Touched
Have Difficulty Waiting in Line
We have explained all the categories listed above in details for you with specific guidelines for CISF staff to screen each category of travelers in distinct ways in order to cater to their specific needs.
We request you to implement our proposed recommendations and enforce a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity and human rights pf travelers with disabilities. Also, hold the CISF staff accountable for any such violation. We also request you to establish a grievance office and outline the intricacies of lodging complaints and the response time and mechanism of CISF to the complaints.