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Physically challenged, women return disappointed

With no special arrangements for them to speak with Cabinet members, many did not get a chance to have a one-on-one interaction with ministers.

A woman waits with a rose for the CM. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)
A woman waits with a rose for the CM. (IE Photo: Tashi Tobgyal)

Most of the women, children and physically challenged who came to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s first Janta Durbar left disappointed. With no special arrangements for them to speak with Cabinet members, many did not get a chance to have a one-on-one interaction with ministers.

Hafis Razaullah (55), from Farash Khanna, Old Delhi, had come to express his solidarity with the AAP government’s fight against corruption. He had to request two men to carry him as police had stopped all vehicles of the physically challenged well before venue.

“Some of us had to literally crawl here. We want those shops meant for us to be allotted to us. We want jobs,’’ B K Singh, a physically challenged man from Viklang Sangh, said.

A woman whose 15-year-old daughter was allegedly gangraped in January last year, also left the venue crestfallen. She did not even get to see, let alone speak to Women and Child Development Minister Rakhi Birla.

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“We are yet to get the financial help that was promised by the government then. My daughter, in the meantime, has delivered a baby, which we put up for adoption.  Her studies have stopped… I thought a woman minister will understand my plight, but I could not even see her,” she said.

Durvesh Kumar had come all the way from Uttam Nagar and his wife Meenakshi was manoeuvring the wheelchair through the crowd. Kumar said no arrangements had been made for people like him. “Aise janta durbar ka kya fayda,’’ he said.