Protecting Disabled Women in India

Protecting Disabled Women in India

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arya kelkar started this petition to United Nations

Below I have a list of a few of the mistreatment disabled women in India face. This problem is big and goes further than a petition. However one thing we can do with a petition is get India’s government to ban involuntary treatment of mentally ill and mentally disabled people.

Women and girls with disabilities in India are forced into mental hospitals and institutions, where they face unsanitary conditions, risk physical and sexual violence, and experience involuntary treatment, including electroshock therapy.

When hiring employees, private companies are not required to hire people with disabilities. However, even with an incentive from the government, private companies still refuse to hire people with disabilities

If found wandering in the streets, mentally disabled women may also be picked up by the police and admitted to these institutions through court orders. If not picked up by family they can stay there for decades

If the husband institutionalized the wife, she cannot refuse. Under the Mental Health Act, the spouse can report a mental illness and have their spouse sent to an institution without a court order.

The lack of mental health services is acute in rural areas where seven out of 10 Indians live but where only 25% of the health infrastructure is located

A common occurrence in these “treatment centers” is women getting raped and impregnated by staff. Many women would come back from a 3 month treatment 1 month pregnant.

All girls in an institution that are students receive an education, as mandated by the government. However, the curriculum is not changed to most benefit the girls with mental illnesses.

Many disabled women in India are brought for nonconsensual hysterectomies. The reasoning for this is that they’re far more likely to get sexually assaulted. This normalizes the pattern of rape in disabled women.

Under the 25th article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, people with disabilities have a right to security and access to healthcare as well as a right to an adequate standard of living.

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