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DISABILITY RIGHTS

Our team has focused on mainstreaming equality for disabled people into all spheres by taking on legal cases that set precedents for equal access and to campaign, often via individual cases, for reforms to the system.

HOW CAN K.H.R.P. HELP?

A key employment PIL achieved an order forcing Delhi University to honour the quota for disabled employees amongst lecturing staff. This challenges the practice of fulfilling the quota by recruiting disabled employees in only lower paid posts. The immediate impact was that 40 colleges of the 82 colleges under the Delhi University appointed approximately 100 lecturers with a disability but the longer tem impact is that colleges across the country can be challenged on the basis of this decision. A judgement in Sikkim has reinforced positive action for recruiting disabled employees by ordering the relaxation of requirements for posts and exemption from examination and application fees. Similarly, the Supreme Court upheld the right of a person with Cerebral Palsy to employment and ordered that necessary accommodation be provided to the concerned person. This enshrined the concept of ‘reasonable adjustment’ to ensure that any disabled person can carry out their assignment without difficulty.
A PIL in the Mumbai High Court to make suburban trains in the city accessible achieved an order enabling HRLN`s Disability Rights Initiative to carry out an access audit in conjunction with the railway authority. The Court subsequently ordered the railways to work along with our team to make train travel more accessible for disabled people, asking for the audit recommendations to be implemented on a national basis. This order impacted the lives of disabled people across India.
A PIL in the Mumbai High Court to make suburban trains in the city accessible achieved an order enabling HRLN`s Disability Rights Initiative to carry out an access audit in conjunction with the railway authority. The Court subsequently ordered the railways to work along with our team to make train travel more accessible for disabled people, asking for the audit recommendations to be implemented on a national basis. This order impacted the lives of disabled people across India.
Between the months of November 2009 and February 2010, the Initiative undertook a series of National Consultations in a project to harmonize Indian laws with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. (UNCRPD). As a result of these consultations, a total of 3 disability specific laws and another 60 laws impacting disabled people have been examined and interim reports filed with the government. As a result of this work, the Disability Rights Initiative has been nominated as part of an Expert Committee constituted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to draft a new `Persons with Disabilities Act`.