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As Prof Saibaba’s health detriorates, Vasantha wants him to be transferred to a facility in Hyderabad Wheelchair bound DU Prof needs urgent medical attention

Women’s rights activist Vasantha Kumari, who is also wife of former Delhi University English professor Dr. G.N. Saibaba who has been languishing in Nagpur Central Prison for over 14 months after being convicted of having Maoist links, has requested the Governor of Maharashtra for the transfer of her husband to Cherlapalli Central Jail in Hyderabad. This…

“Nothing About Us, Without Us” Noted disability rights activist Javed Abidi passes away

Disability rights activist Javed Abidi passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, reportedly due to a chest infection. He was 53. Abidi’s advocacy has been key to several other major developments in the field of disability rights, including India’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007, the establishment of a separate department…

France could grant right to vote to all people with disabilities

Human Rights Watch (HRW), citing French news channel LCI, reported that France’s State Secretary for Persons Sophie Cluzel with Disabilities has recently said that she wants those with disabilities who are under guardianship to be allowed to vote. At present, Article 5 of the country’s Electoral Code permits a judge to bar from voting those who have…

SC asks Centre to look into Plight of Leprosy Patients

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has directed the Centre to respond within eight weeks to a PIL calling for the repeal of 119 Central and State laws that discriminate against those afflicted with leprosy, The Hindu reported. Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, which filed the PIL, said the laws discriminate against leprosy in five…

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