Selja wants ‘dignified treatment’ at airports

Calling for dignified treatment of persons with disabilities,the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 17, 2013 1:26 am

Calling for dignified treatment of persons with disabilities,the Social Justice and Empowerment ministry,which also handles the department of disability affairs,has sought that they be treated respectfully at airports while undergoing security checks without subjecting them to humiliation and embarrassment.

Taking exception to recent reports of the harrowing experience of media professional Suranjana Ghosh,an above knee amputee who was asked to take off her artificial limb for “security check” at the Mumbai airport,Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Selja on Tuesday wrote to to Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh,seeking an inquiry into the incident and implementation of international best practices while carrying out security checks of persons with disabilities.

“While there is no denying the fact that there should be foolproof mechanism to ensure security across airports,at the same time you would agree that the persons with disability face social stigma at every stage of life and deserve treatment with dignity,” Selja wrote in her letter on Tuesday. “Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue,a balanced mechanism needs to be evolved for security checks of persons with disabilities” she added.

Enclosing views of the chairperson of the Rehabilitation Council of India,who is a disabled person too,she said,“International best practices may be adopted while carrying out security checks for persons with disabilities.”

All airports,she said,could have special screening security devices to allow persons with disabilities pass security checks without taking off prosthetic limbs.

“Till such time these devices are installed,the disabled may be checked in private/ in camera with dignity” she said. She added that CISF personnel at airports needed to be sensitised while handling persons with disabilities.

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