Sunday, April 30, 2017

UP Minister Could Become First to Be Tried Under New Disability Law

A complaint against a minister in the Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, who had publicly ridiculed a disabled employee during a surprise visit to an office in Lucknow, could become the first to be covered by the new disability law, which came into effect on Thursday (April 20).

Delhi-based disability rights activist Satendra Singh filed the case under Section 92(a) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016:
  “...whoever intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view” shall be “punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years and with fine”.

Singh also pointed out that the incident occurred in Lucknow in the same month when a person with disability was elected president in another country. Lenin Moreno, who is a wheelchair user, was elected president of Ecuador on April 2. 

Read the full report at The Wire here.

Another report by TOI

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