Dwarfs in Tamil Nadu denied disability benefits

Tamil Nadu has a population of about 8,000 dwarfs but most of them do not get disability benefits as doctors deny giving them certificates saying that they are only a little short and a bit unequal.

This is creating a huge problem as the issue of accessibility is limiting them of education and cleanliness, housing and transportation facilities because most of the institutions do not give any special benefits to dwarfs.

Even if the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 has listed the provisions to be provided to dwarfs, society is still ignorant towards them, says the report.

Some of the major demands put forth by the dwarf community to the state government include accessible and cheaper housing, free bus passes, increase in monthly allowance to Rs 1,500 and an overall proper recognition.

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