Volume 4 Issue 12 - June 15, 2006
Accessible accommodation denied in Symbiosis Law College; Nightmare continues for Pooja Sharma
D.N.I.S. News Network – Pooja
Sharma, a bright disabled student from
Despite classes having started on June 5, Pooja is unable to attend college as she continues to fight for a singe seater room inside the campus and for the permission to have her mother or any one escort stay with her, as she needs help.
Symbiosis does have single rooms and Pooja is willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, they provide single rooms only to N.R.I.s. Therefore, the college authorities including the senior management staff, instead of doing the needful, first tried to persuade Pooja’s parents to admit her in a college “closer home”. Then, instead of providing a single room, they provided her a triple seater, fully knowing that being severely disabled and being a wheelchair user, she would not be able to manage and that her dignity would be compromised. They were made to run from one office to another meeting the hostel warden, the Principal Director, Vice Chancellor, etc., and finally told that they could not be provided a single room.
While all this was happening, Pooja’s parents were forced to stay in a hotel in Pune at a huge personal cost. When they realised their pleas were not getting them anywhere, they appealed to Disabled Rights Group (D.R.G.) to help them.
D.R.G. Convenor Javed Abidi then took up the matter with the college authorities. D.R.G. also brought this matter to the attention of U.G.C., H.R.D. Ministry and the media.
But the President & Founder Director, in a reply reflecting their apathetic attitude, took great pains to inform D.R.G. that they had gone “out of their way to admit Pooja and to facilitate her movement provided a special ramp” and that they had found a single room on the ground floor in a building near the law college.
This only proves that after a long
ten years of the Disability Act, even top Law Colleges have not implemented any
provisions. The statement “out of their way to admit Pooja”
proves that the provision of 3 per cent reservation for disabled is yet not
implemented in the college, while the claim that they “provided a special ramp to
facilitate her movement” shows that the college is inaccessible like most other
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