Dehumanization of PWDs cannot be ended only through law

A dehumanizing act happened recently at a renowned debating society of Britain, the Oxford Union when Ebenezer Azamati, a blind student, was forced to leave the hall in which the debate was happening and was later conducted violently. The reason was only that the victim won’t leave his reserved seat.

People have been mistreated in public only because they are disabled and communicate with the world differently. But these differences which are not even a choice made by these people themselves can never justify the inhuman acts that are these individuals being treated with.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has said that everyone should work together towards a better world that would include everyone irrespective of any differences and where the PWD’s rights are fulfilled. Therefore, people across the globe, every year on the global day of Persons with Disabilities, since 1992, have been coming together to achieve this goal of a better world.

CRPD is working to improve the rights as well as the wellbeing of the PWDs. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has also been implemented by the CRPD.

Although, many governments are taking initiatives to improve the rights of the disabled and shaping laws accordingly, but the behavior of the general population remains to be sympathizing and inhuman. They aren’t inclusive and accepting and view the disabled as different and thus segregated individuals. There is no dignity in only spread the handouts under CSR, Corporate Social Responsibility, promotions.

These incidents will keep happening unless the PWDs are included in every community, unlike at the Oxford Union. And there have been quite a lot of such incidents going on without any punishment. It is with utmost sadness that nothing can be done to regain the dignity that was trampled upon intentionally. And this can be concluded that only law and legislation are not enough to regulate respect for a fellow individual.