[AI] Misuse of scholarship for differently abled: study

harish harish at accessindia.org.in
Sun Apr 18 09:53:49 EDT 2010


Hello

It seems this news report has distorted the findings. The scope of the study 
is:
"Identify the dynamics of abuse, which includes comprehensive assessment of 
emotional, physical and sexual in the lives of women with disabilities; "

The scholarship utilisation is not within the scope of the study then how 
did they draw this conclusion?

This seems to be a ploy to waterdown scholarships given to disabled persons. 
Folks be on the guard.
Harish Kotian

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Subject: [AI] Misuse of scholarship for differently abled: study


> Misuse of scholarship for differently abled: study
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> Karthik Madhavan
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> COIMBATORE: The majority of differently abled persons who receive 
> scholarships do not get to enjoy the same, a study has found.
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> "Fifty-three per cent of the 600 girls and women interviewed have 
> complained that scholarship in money and kind was taken away by family 
> members and care takers," says the Avinashilingam University of Women, 
> Coimbatore, study on 'Prevalence of Violence Among Disabled Girls/Women.'
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> Fifty per cent visually impaired, 76.7 per cent hearing impaired, 38.7 
> physically challenged and 66 per cent mentally challenged have complained 
> of the scholarship money being used by others.
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> The UGC-sponsored study interviewed 150 persons each belonging to the 
> aforementioned four disabilities from Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. And 
> each of the cities accounted for equal number of subjects in all the 
> special categories. The period of study: 2007-09.
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> It has also found that girls with disabilities from residential schools 
> suffered more compared to their counterparts at integrated and special 
> schools. Likewise, differently abled girls in Coimbatore and Madurai 
> underwent more physical violence compared to those in Chennai.
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> The same is true of psychological violence and financial exploitation as 
> well.
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> On the question of sexual violence, the study, carried out by the 
> Department of Special Education, has reveals that only five per cent were 
> abused and the abusers were mostly strangers.
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> The study's Principal Investigator Premavathy Vijayan, Co-Principal 
> Investigator G. Victoria Naomi and Project Fellow S. Suganya say the 
> purpose was to "Identify the dynamics of abuse, which includes 
> comprehensive assessment of emotional, physical and sexual in the lives of 
> women with disabilities; develop training packages for defence; and, 
> identify abusers/perpetrators and their relationship to the victim."
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> There is a list of recommendations as well. It suggests the need for legal 
> protection against abuse, providing information to the victim about 
> intervention centres and services available in the community and level of 
> accessibility, providing enough shelter homes for badly treated women and 
> sensitisation to police personnel to register complaints from persons with 
> disabilities.
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> Date:18/04/2010
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> URL:
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> http://www.thehindu.com/2010/04/18/stories/2010041857990100.htm
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