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Special needs teacher helps people with disabilities give court statements

Mehtab Zia Shaikh, a teacher with more than 30 years of experience at the Bombay Institution for Deaf and Mutes, is using her skills in sign langauge to help in court.

Shaikh recently helped a deaf woman who was raped, give her statement in court. The rape survivor did not speak Indian Sign Language, and could neither read or write. Shaikh, who can communicate in informal and formal sign languages, helped the court understand her testimony.

Shaikh says she is glad and proud that god has made her capable of doing this work.

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