At Panel About 'Accessibility For Differently-Abled', No Ramp For Wheelchair-Bound Speaker

How much apathy do the differently-abled face in our society? An event organised to discuss their rights gives us a sneak peek.

On the last day of the ‘5th Smart Cities India 2019 Expo’ held at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, a panel was invited to speak on the accessibility of public transport for the differently-abled. Motivational speaker and disability rights activist Nipun Malhotra, one of the members of the panel invited to talk on ‘Redefining Public Transport’, was however not provided a ramp to the stage.

Nipun Malhotra who is wheelchair-bound, took to social media to share the disappointment. “Ironic…No ramp at a smart city panel. I was invited to speak on accessibility but it was a struggle to get on to the stage, ” he wrote in his tweet.

Eventually, Malhotra’s wheelchair had to be hoisted four steps for him to speak at the podium. The negligence of the organisers was criticised by netizens.

Born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital joint contracture, Malhotra runs an organisation called Nipman Foundation that helps persons with disabilities. “It was greatly disappointing and strange that they could not even devise a temporary ramp, even as their panel hoped to discuss access of public transport for the disabled,” Malhotra recounted his experience to News18.