Definitions are different for physically disabled in Poonch


The Centre’s ambitious Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) will start from seven states – Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana- from this year, envisaging a nation-wide awareness campaign towards universal accessibility for all citizens including persons with disabilities.

Twenty-three year old Naseem Akhter, a polio patient, welcomes the initiative but wants to understand the definition of ‘accessibility’ here. Residing in the tough geography of border district Poonch, located two hundred and fifty kilometers from Jammu city, for her nothing outside her house is accessible.

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