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The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) condemns the humiliating remarks made by U.P’s textile minister, Satyadev Pachuri, against the disabled.

The minister who was on a visit to the Dilbag area of Lucknow mocked a disabled man by using derogatory words.  The Minister not only made insulted the disabled safai karmachari but also questioned his ability to undertake the job given to him.

Apart from the fact that the worker was not being paid the minimum wage, the minister scolded those who had employed the disabled person.

Though the Prime Minister has coined patronizing terms like “divyang” his ardent followers in high positions in the Party and government not only continue to use derogatory terms against persons with disabilities but hold them in utter contempt. The NPRD had always held that mere change of terminology will not change realities on the ground. Mindsets have to change.

Mr. Pachauri needs to be reminded that Section 92 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 provides for a jail term of not less than six months for any person who “intentionally insults or intimidates with intent to humiliate a person with disability in any place within public view”. He should be thankful that the Act has still not come into force.

Such a minister who makes fun of an entire community, ridicules persons with disabilities in full public view and holds them in utter contempt has no right to continue in office.