NPRD EXPRESSES ITS OUTARAGE AT THE CONTINUED DENIAL OF A SLIPPER & STRAW TO JAILED ACTIVIST STAN SWAMY
GG NEWS BUREAU
New Delhi.27th Nov.The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) expresses its outrage at the continued denial of a sipper and straw to jailed activist Stan Swamy.
83-year old Stan Swamy is a person living with Parkinson’s, which is a condition recognised as disabling as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. As per various laws and international conventions to which India is a signatory, it is obligatory that Stan Swamy be provided with requisite age & disability appropriate requirements, assistive aids including straws and sippers as also human care assistance. Denial of the same constitutes a violation of his basic rights.
It took 20 long days for the NIA to come up with a claim that they did not seize these items from Stan’s possession. Even if we accept the NIA’s contention, the Special Court should have taken a humanitarian view and ordered that he be provided with an utensil that would assist him in intaking fluids including water. The refusal to do so is atrocious to say the least.
The painful wait that Swamy will have to endure for a sipper, cannot be tolerated any longer. December 4, when the very same court decides again, is seven days away. Stan cannot be refused fluids for such a long period. The NPRD and its affiliating units have therefore decided to send sippers to the Jailor of Taloja Jail, Maharashtra to be given to Stan Swamy.
The NPRD appeals to all disability rights organisations, activists and all those who seek justice for Stan Swamy and stand in defence of his rights to join this campaign and send sippers to:
Taloja Central Jail
Maharashtra 410 210
This press release has been issued by Mr Muralidharan,General Secretary of NPRD.
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