Rights of Persons with Disability in India
The adoption and entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) has significantly increased the visibility and reinforcement of disability rights across the globe. India was among the first to sign the UNCRPD; but it is yet to incorporate the provisions of the Convention within its domestic laws. While a new disability legislation in harmony with the UNCRPD is pending with Parliament for quite some time, the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act (briefly, the PWD Act), enacted in 1995, still remains the only major legal instrument for the persons with disability. Reinforcement of social model of disability in UNCRPD and a new wave of human rights approach to disability have led to significant paradigm shift in the normative and legal discourses on disability. In view of this the PWD Act has become outdated and many important provisions of the UNCRPD are missing in this Act. This book has made a sincere attempt to critically analyze the existing laws for persons with disability in India, including critical analysis of the PWD Act with the help of major judicial verdicts. An effort has been made to compare Indian disability laws with the provisions under UNCRPD. It also covers historical development of disability (legal) rights and policies in India and analyses the Read More chevron_right
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