National Association for the Blind steps in to help blind rape survivor

The National Association for the Blind (NAB) has promised to help rehabilitate the 20-year-old visually impaired woman who was allegedly raped by her neighbour in a slum in Karol Bagh in Delhi in May.

Last week, the survivor's uncle committed suicide at a park near their house. He was upset and depressed after the incident.

The NAB has said that it would provide counselling and rehabilitation to the woman. The aim is to steer her towards some kind of vocational training so that she can become financially independent.

The State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, TD Dhariyal, has taken a personal interest in the matter. He has written to various associations emphasizing on the need to work together to make sure that the survivor and her mother are given counselling and rehabilitation opportunities.

The NAB says that this case is a reminder of the severe challenges that girls and women with visual impairment face.

The NAB receives many cases of visually impaired women who are sexually harassed by relatives and others around them because of their disability. The NAB says it gets one complaint a week.

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