NEW DELHI: Hundreds of disabled persons and disability rights activists held a candlelight vigil on New Year’s eve at Jantar Mantar, demanding that the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill be tabled in the Parliament. They said they wanted to see the bill enacted in 2014. The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the draft bill on December 12 but it was not tabled in the winter session which ended on December 18.
The new bill is radical in many ways. It has included several disabilities that were not covered in the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 like dyslexia, autism, haemophilia, thalassaemia and multiple sclerosis. It also talks of use of sign language and need for sign language interpreters, penalty for not making establishments accessible to the disabled and for violation of rights of people with disabilities