Goa disability rights group files police complaint after disabled girl denied entry to temple

The Disability Rights Association of Goa, DRAG, has filed a police complaint after a news report that 17-year-old Sarita Keskar, who is disabled, was denied permission to enter Shree Manguesh Temple in Mangueshi in Goa.

DRAG has demanded that a criminal case be filed against the temple as it refused to allow Sarita, who uses a wheelchair, to enter the temple. Their excuse was that the wheelchair is a vehicle and vehicles cannot enter a temple.

DRAG has called this an outright discrimination and abuse of a physically challenged person, which is an offence under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016. They also say that the denial of the right to worship is the violation of a fundamental right.

The group has demanded that all places of worship be made accessible to people with disabilities under the RPWD 2016.

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