National Platform For The Rights of the Disabled 

There been a spontaneous outpouring of disapproval and indignation throughout the country at the Prime Minister’s mocking at people with dyslexia during an interaction with students at the Smart India Hackathon 2019 organised by the India Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee on March 2.

In order to send a strong message that such ridiculing of persons with disabilities will not go unchallenged, the National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has called upon its state units to organise protests independently or unitedly with other disability rights organisations.

The insult by PM Narendra Modi of persons with disabilities constitutes an offence under Section 92 (a) of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.  The section reads: “Whosoever, – intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view………. Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than six months but which may extend to five years and with fine.”

State affiliates of the NPRD will be filing complaints under this section.

(Muralidharan)

General Secretary