Does making a place accessible for the disabled also make it safe for women?
It’s no secret that the streets of Indian cities are almost always a nightmare for people with disabilities. For a wheelchair-bound or visually impaired person, crossing the streets, negotiating pavements and using public transport is an obstacle course fraught with danger.
Now, more than three months since it was first announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launched the central government’s Accessible India campaign to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. The campaign aims to make public places, transport and communication technology in India disabled-friendly by 2020. The government will also introduce an “Accessibility Index” to rate private companies on how disabled-friendly their buildings and policies are.