Amen! you are right. why there is a taboo when it comes to touching?
the notion of touch needs to be politicized. And this could only be
done by blind people and those who are deafblind.

On 10/18/16, Asudani, Rajesh <rajeshasud...@rbi.org.in> wrote:
> Well, this is the accessibility situation for orthopedically disabled.
> For VI, I am prohibited from touching majority of things in temples,
> exhibitions and wherever...
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: AccessIndia [mailto:accessindia-boun...@accessindia.org.in] On Behalf
> Of Boopathi P
> Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 1:01 PM
> To: AccessIndia: a list for discussing accessibility and issues concerning
> the disabled.
> Subject: [AI] a news article from The Hindu on inaccessable Kolkata’s Durga
> Puja pandals
>
> Disability access ‘worsens’ in Kolkata’s Durga Puja pandals
> On October 9, when the city was soaking up the Durga Puja festivities,
> Rubia Chatterjee, national gold medallist para athlete, decided to go
> pandal hopping with other para athletes. She was shocked to find that
> she could not enter many of the pandals . “It was horrible. I was
> accompanied by another para athlete Sandhya Mondal, who was walking
> with crutches. She fell down at various places,” Ms. Chaterjee told
> The Hindu . Ms. Chaterjee, who was a part of a group of ten
> sportspersons, had informed major Puja pandals of their visit. Many of
> the pandals have average footfalls of 4 lakh people per day and are
> constructed at a cost of several crores of rupees. Ms. Chatterjee and
> Ms. Sandhya found no wheelchairs or ramps or even volunteers to help
> them. The ‘Disability Access to Durga Puja Pandals in Kolkata: 2016’
> survey of 14 marquees conducted by the Kolkata-based Civilian Welfare
> Foundation (CWF) echoes these findings. CWF’s Abhirupa Kar, who has
> been involved in documenting disability access at Durga Pujas pandals
> for the past three years, said that the situation has worsened this
> time instead of improving . “There is so much competition among Durga
> Puja organisers for awards but the basic question of accessibility to
> the disabled is far from receiving the serious attention of
> organisers,” she told The Hindu . The report points out that giving
> the disabled a restricted view of a pandal or asking them visit only
> in the mornings just shows the organisers’ “discrimination, and lack
> of sensitivity and understanding with regards to the disabled
> population”. The report also points out that most of the pandals have
> staircases, “thus rejecting the person with a disability to the major
> attractions of the pandals ”. Ms. Kar said that despite the Central
> government’s Accessible India campaign, no effort has been made to
> include the disabled part in the celebrations for the festive season.
> “The situation relating to accessibility for the disabled has not
> improved over the past three years,” she said. “At a time when the
> State government wants to showcase Durga Puja as a major carnival, it
> cannot remain ignorant to the organisers’ apathy in keeping a
> significant population out the celebrations.”
>
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> Boopathi P
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