Help prevent the amendment of Disability Act before its too late

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Help prevent the amendment of Disability Act before its too late

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We need to act fast! 10th of July 2020 is the last date by which we can reach out to the Director of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities to oppose the changes to the Disability Act 2016. Please read on to learn why.

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 helps protect the disabled community in India, one of the most marginalized and sidelined communities in our country. Persons with physical and intellectual disabilities face discrimination on a daily basis in many aspects of their lives. From things as simple as leaving their house to do basic tasks, to employment in sustaining a living, renting a house and beyond. 

For the first time in Indian history, the Disability Act 2016 provided legal rights to the disabled community against discrimination. The government now seeks to amend the Act to promote the ease of doing business for domestic and international investors. What is surprising is that the decriminalization of offenses included in the Disability Act, were not listed in the 37 Acts that the Confederation of Indian industries came up with in February 2020, to take the economy forward. So then why has the government proposed this amendment? It seems to be because they are simply too busy to care for the rights of the disabled community.

The proposed changes to the Act will amend clauses that seek to deter those who intentionally intend to insult or humiliate persons with disabilities. Growing up with an autistic brother, I have experienced the daily humiliation that children and adults with disabilities, and their families have to face. Those who intentionally discriminate and create a hostile environment for people like my brother, who is 22 years old, and those who set up obstacles in the path of their success, which is a difficult journey to begin with, should not be allowed to act without accountability for their actions and behaviour.

In order to empower the disabled community we need to protect their rights fiercely and now is the time to act before it is too late! As a society we cannot allow the discriminatory amendment of rights that the disabled community have fought long and hard to achieve. It is 2020 - a decade for the empowerment of the disabled, with the need for more progressive laws!

To see the details of the proposed changes, please go to the following link/s:

- http://disabilityaffairs.gov.in/content/Decriminalisation.docx 

- http://disabilityaffairs.gov.in/content/page/whats-new.php (Head to: Decriminalisation of Minor Offences for Improving Business Sentiment and Unclogging Court Processes Amendment in Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016)

Please email Sh. KVS Rao, Director of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities on kvs.rao13@nic.in or jsda-msje@nic.in by the 10th of July 2020 to oppose the changes to the Act. 

Here is a template of the email you should send to the above mentioned email address:

Subject: Concerns regarding amendment to RPwD Act, 2016

Sir/ Ma'am,

I, as a member of the Public, oppose the proposed amendment of Section 92(a) of the RPwD Act, 2016 and its inclusion in the list of minor offences. By making the offence compoundable we take away hard-earned safeguard of the disabled community and risk making public spaces further unsafe for them.

I categorically 'suggest' to not decriminalise section 92(a) or include it in the proposed section 95A(1). The 'rationale to my suggestion' is to ensure safety for the disabled community and to not dilute their rights even at the expense of future investments.

Sincerely,
Your Name

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Thank you for your time and for taking the required action in safeguarding the rights of the disabled community in India!



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