‘Govt must provide alternatives, not treat visually impaired like bechaari women’

“I am a disabled person and not divyang. I don’t want to stand out like some star to highlight I am a blind woman,” says Sharmishtha Atreja, Assistant Professor at Department of Philosophy at University of Delhi. Sharmishta is 30 years old and suffers from Retinitis Pigmentosa — a genetic condition that led to blindness early on in her life.
On December 25, 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio program ‘Mann ki Baat’ proposed that the term ‘divyang’ (divine body) should be used for persons with disability instead of ‘viklang’ (disabled).

Source : http://indianexpress.com/article/india/govt-must-provide-alternatives-not-treat-visually-impaired-like-bechaari-women4716539/

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