Chennai: Several differently abled women participated and shared their woes and concerns on abuse at the workplace, educational institutions and elsewhere at an awareness drive conducted by Society for Rights of All Women with Disabilities (SRAWD) at Valluvar Kottam on Monday.
Tamil Maanila Congress president G.K. Vasan who inaugurated the seminar, said those found to have abused a differently woman should be punished without any delay. “There need not be any investigation and trial. At the first investigation stage, the culprit should be hanged. He should be executed in public,” he said.
He added that police should not mask the faces of culprits while taking them to court or jail. The abuser should be shamed for life, said the former Union minister. “If you allow him to mask his face, he will come out on bail or worse, even get acquitted and will go around pretending as if nothing had happened,” he said.
The society passed a resolution demanding that the Tamil Nadu government implement the 2016 order on the rights of differently women without any further delay.
Apart from the need for inclusion, the seminar was also held to highlight the difficulties that a woman with disabilities goes through on a daily basis, says Lalithambigai, president, SRAWD.
“The recent rape case where a young girl was abused did not come to the fore early because the child could not express it. Hospitals do not even have interpreters of sign language in the case of deaf and dumb children. Even doctors are helpless in such cases,” she said adding that children with mental disabilities do not have any protection. “Parents usually leave them while going to work. They need to be protected.”
Apart from inclusion, implementation of the 2016 order would also ensure job opportunities, societal involvement and even special infrastructure for women with disabilities, such as wheelchair-friendly places and public transport, said Lalithambigai. The platform was also used to bring to attention other atrocities that women are facing such as domestic violence, which would not exist if the laws pertaining to them were enforced, she said....