Funeral of disability rights leader Javed Abidi will take place today

The final rites of disability rights activist, Javed Abidi, will take place today.

Mr Abidi, who was the pioneer of the disability rights movement in India, died on Sunday. He was 53 years old.

According to reports, the cause of death was a chest infection. He had been unwell for a few days.

Mr Abidi will be buried at Anjuman Baghiya in Gurgaon. The burial procession is expected to leave from Sector 57 in Gurgaon at 10.30 AM today. He is survived by his mother, younger brother, and younger sister.

Mr Abidi is widely regarded as the father of the disability rights movement in India. He was the director of the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPDEP).

He was among the most prominent voices in the disability space in India and the world. He pushed for people with different disabilities to come together under a common platform.

Mr Abidi had a huge role to play in the drafting and passage of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act 2016. Recently, he was actively involved in a nationwide campaign to take the details of the Act to the public.

Just how much he was respected and loved can be measured by the outpouring of grief on social media from people in the disability rights space, to journalists to paralympians.

Among those who tweeted remarks of condolence was Thawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment. In his message, Mr Gehlot paid a tribute to Mr Abidi's steadfast commitment and dedication to the cause of the rights of disabled people everywhere.

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