Thousands of disabled people march in 18 Indian cities demanding equal rights
Thousands of disabled youngsters and their supporters held a march across 18 cities in India and demanded for a more inclusive India where the disabled had rights like everyone else. In Kerala, they were joined by Governor P Sathasivam and MP Shashi Tharoor.
Among the participants was Arun V who has cerebral palsy and was abandoned by his parents at birth. He said that it was important for the world to know how the disabled live.
The march in Kerala was around half a kilometer, and was in the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. Young people from various walks of life marched together to break barriers and biases towards people with mental and physical challenges.
They said that Indian cities lacked roads and footpaths that disabled people can walk on, and with the imposition of GST on aids for the disabled, life has become even more difficult.
Many parents of disabled kids were also part of the march in Kerala.