Disabled rejoice House nod, activists rue flaws

NEW DELHI: In the middle of celebrations, Pankaj Kapoor pulled his wheelchair closer to drummers, lifted his hands and grooved to the beats. He was among several disabled people and rights activists who gathered at Jantar Mantar to celebrate the passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

“Our victory comes after countless vigil, protests and appeals to the government.Today is a day to rejoice and it seems too good to be true,” says Javed Abidi, convener, Disabled Rights Group (DRG). “The definition of disability has gone beyond just impairment; now it is about the barriers they face, be it accessibility or attitudinal,” said Nidhi Jalan of Action for Ability Development and Inclusion (AADI).

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/disabled-rejoice-house-nod-activists-rue-flaws/articleshow/56029325.cms

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