A Step in the Right Di­rec­tion

India Today - - MAIL - J. AKSHOBHYA, My­suru

At a time when the par­lia­men­tary log­jam has wiped out al­most the en­tire win­ter ses­sion of Par­lia­ment, it is heart­en­ing to see leg­is­la­tion like the Rights of Per­sons With Dis­abil­i­ties Bill be­ing passed

(Not Quite En­abling Leg­is­la­tion). The amended list of dis­abil­i­ties en­sures that the sur­vivors of acid at­tacks are pro­tected, which will be widely re­garded as a positive step. How­ever, there is also a need to bring in cul­tural change—peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes to­ward the dis­abled need to evolve. Laws must work in tan­dem with a col­lec­tive mind­set that de­mands equal rights and spa­ces for all. The role of ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness in cre­at­ing such a sen­si­bil­ity can­not be overem­pha­sised.

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