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This is Dr. Satendra Singh aka @drsitu from Delhi.
Dr. Situ is a fiery disability rights activist and Associate Editor of the online journal “Research & Humanities in Medical Education”.
8 months ago, on December 6, he blasted IDBI Bank as their branch in Vasundhara, Ghaziabad, was completely inaccessible for people in wheelchairs.
The next day, IDBI said they would look into “possible rectification”.
IDBI might have thought the matter would be forgotten, but nope! Dr. Situ is a really, really determined person.
He is also making sure that India’s Transport Minister is accountable for how accessible India’s Transport Bhawan is. No biggie.
And he has also called out this ridiculous design at an ICICI Bank branch. “There is a step just before ramp. What purpose will it solve?” he told YKA.
Basically Dr. Situ is isn’t afraid of demanding what’s a basic right, and not a luxury – access for all!
And in a fabulous moment of victory (despite the fact that it took 8 darn months), IDBI Bank got its act together.
Now imagine if IDBI Bank had just kept this in mind in the first place because it sucks how our public spaces are inaccessible for millions in India.
And as for Dr. Situ, may he never stop asking for accountability.
Inaccessibility is rampant across public spaces, transportation, educational institutions and workplaces. Whether it’s a broken ramp, an inaccessible toilet, a lack of tactile signboards and missing sign language interpreters, please Whatsapp images to 09999181201, email us, or tweet to us @youthkiawaaz, we’d love to hear from you!
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