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Boy tied to bus stop highlights struggle for disabled Indians

Posted in News with tags on May 26, 2014 by 2eyeswatching

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Boy tied to bus stop highlights struggle for disabled Indians

AFP 

 

Mumbai (AFP) – The nine-year-old boy dressed in blue lay listlessly on the pavement in the scorching Mumbai summer afternoon, his ankle tethered with rope to a bus stop, unheeded by pedestrians strolling past.

 

Lakhan Kale cannot hear or speak and suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so his grandmother and carer tied him up to keep him safe while she went to work, selling toys and flower garlands on the city’s roadsides.

 

“What else can I do? He can’t talk, so how will he tell anyone if he gets lost?” said homeless Sakhubai Kale, 66, who raised Lakhan on the street by the bus stop shaded by the hanging roots of a banyan tree.

 

Lakhan’s father died several years ago and his mother walked out on the family, his grandmother told AFP.

 

A photograph of him tied up appeared in a local newspaper this week, sparking concerns among charities and the police, and he has since been taken into care at a government-run institution.

But activists say his plight on the streets comes as little surprise in India, where those with disabilities face daily stigma and discrimination and a lack of facilities to assist them.

 

Kale said Lakhan “tends to wander off” and that there was no one else to stop him walking into traffic while she and her 12-year-old granddaughter, Rekha, were out making a living.

 

At night she would tie him to her own leg as they slept on the pavement so she would know if he tried to walk away.

“I am a single old woman. Nobody paid attention to me until the newspaper report,” she said.

“He was in a special school, but they sent him back.”

Social worker Meena Mutha has since managed to place Lakhan in a state-run south Mumbai home, which takes in a range of needy children from the disabled to the destitute.

“Residental homes are very, very few. There’s a major need for the government to do something, a social responsibility to provide residential centres for children like Lakhan,” said Mutha, a trustee at the Manav Foundation helping people with mental illness.

She said government-run centres that put together children with different needs did not always have the range of facilities required.

 

“They don’t have the infrastructure, the staff,” said Mutha. Conversely, non-government organisations “have expertise, but not the space,” she said, highlighting the squeeze on land in the densely-packed city.

Across India, the 40 to 60 million people with disabilities often face similar struggles to get the help they need, activists say.

“There’s no collective responsibility. You have a disabled child, you look after it,” said Varsha Hooja, chief executive at ADAPT, another charity working with disabled young adults and children.

– No state support –

Hooja said she had seen other cases of parents locking up children with disabilities while they go to work.

“The state gives no support,” she said.

A long-awaited bill was introduced into the Indian parliament in February aiming to give disabled people equal rights — including access to education, employment and legal redress against discrimination — but it has yet to be passed.

Lawyer Rajive Raturi was on the committee that began drafting the bill five years ago, and said the Congress party-led government which has just lost power had pushed through a “complete dilution” of the original, especially on sections regarding women and children with disabilities.

Raturi, who handles disability cases at the Human Rights Law Network, said he hoped the new parliament elected this month, dominated by incoming prime minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, would “listen to the stakeholders and then make a decision”.

“We can’t change attitudes with an act but if the bill has the right provisions, people will think twice,” he said.

Back by the Mumbai bus stop, Kale squatted on the pavement drinking chai and eating bread on the morning after bidding a tearful goodbye to her grandson.

She was hopeful she would get to see him regularly once she acquired an official identity card that would allow her to visit the centre.

“I am very happy,” she said. “What else would I want other than for him to be looked after?”

 

Memorial Day: Intense Storms May Rattle Central US; Calm for Most

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Memorial Day: Intense Storms May Rattle Central US; Calm for Most

 

Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

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Rain! Storm Heads for Southern Plains, Won’t End Drought

 

U.S. Military’s ‘Iron Man’ Suit Prototype Debuts This Month

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U.S. Military’s ‘Iron Man’ Suit Prototype Debuts This Month


Memorial Day: 7 Facts About the Holiday

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Memorial Day: 7 Facts About the Holiday

 

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

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These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable                                     These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Typically, when long-lost photos are found and restored they’re a bit underwhelming. But this new series of images, captured by an unknown photographer, are just incredible — from their portrayal of life in the trenches to the intimate glimpses of famous leaders.

All images: Collection Odette Carrez/Reuters. Above: German soldiers (rear) offering to surrender to French troops.

As Reuters reports, these new images are part of a collection of hundreds (yes, hundreds) of previously unpublished glass plates taken at the Western Front during the war. They were left behind by a viscount in the Armoured Cavalry Branch of the French Army.

A trench just after it was shelled:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Field Marshal Douglas Haig:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

French artillery officers:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

They can be seen relaying instructions to adjust the cannon fire in a trench on the front line.

Moving artillery:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

That’s a 95 mm.

A seized German trench:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Anti-aircraft machine gun:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

This French gunner was in a trench at Perthes les Hurlus in eastern France.

Inspecting trenches in the forest:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

French officers inspecting trenches on the Argonne front in May 1916. Talk about impenetrable.

An unlikely beast of burden:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

A dog pulling a Belgian machine gun in northern France. Horses were in short supply during the later stages of the war.

General Joseph Joffre:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Handing out medals to soldiers who fought in the Battle of Verdun, March 1916. Hardcore History podcaster Dan Carlin refers to him as the “Winston Churchill of World War I.”

Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

He’s the second from the left, meeting meeting French General Albert Baratier (R), on horseback, as French Marshal Joseph Joffre looks on (2nd R), on the Champagne front, Eastern France in 1915. Among other things, Kitchener is famous for his iconic moustachioed mug on British recruitment posters.

Captured German soldiers:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Marching through Chalons en Champagne, Eastern France September 1915.

Time for a body cavity search:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

German soldiers captured during Verdun.

General Emile Eugene Belin:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

French General Emile Eugene Belin (right) visiting the front line near Arras, Northern France.

What used to be Ablain-Saint-Nazaire:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

French troops in trenches above Ablain-Saint-Nazaire in the Artois front, northern France, in 1916.

The devastation at Maurepas on the Somme front:

These Unseen Photos From World War I Are Unbelievable

Soldiers and horses amid a destroyed spot on the battlefield at Maurepas on the Somme front, northern France October 1916.

More images can be found here.