Accessibility April 23, 2018
Delhi High Court highlights lack of accessibility for blind passengers on Indian railways
The Delhi High Court has raised a question about the need of human assistance to people with disabilities.
The court has asked how a wheelchair provided by the railways will help a visually impaired person. This is because a blind person needs human assistance to catch a train at the railway station.
The court made this observation when the railways submitted a report about providing wheelchairs to disabled people at stations.
The court is hearing a PIL that it initiated based on an incident, when the door of the disabled compartment remained shut and a man missed M.Phil test at Delhi University last year.
The court questioned the railways about the lack of free assistance given to the people who need wheelchair.
The same was the case for blind travelers. The court highlighted the need for free human assistance to be provided to people with disabilities at railway stations.
For disabled people travelling alone, wheelchairs are not very useful if there is no one to help them.
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