[AI] Dr Rajalakshmi BATTLE FOR RESERVATION

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Mon Jun 28 10:04:38 EDT 2010


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> Parnam to the courage and sprit of a mother to fight for justice and for 
> having foll faith in capablity of her dauter with disablity. From where 
> and how i can have said judgement. With thank and regard gautam agarwal.
> -original message-
> Subject: Re: [AI] Dr Rajalakshmi BATTLE FOR RESERVATION
> From: "George Abraham" <george at eyeway.org>
> Date: 28/06/2010 4:50 pm
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> it seems like Times of India, Bangalore.
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> Subject: [AI] Dr Rajalakshmi BATTLE FOR RESERVATION
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> Dear friends, I got this article from my friend, hence I am not able
> to give you any source for this.
>
> BANGALORE: Trained in classical and Western dance, and an aspiring
> model, this Oxford Dental College graduate's dreams of higher studies
> were almost dashed after she met with an accident that left her
> completely immobile. But her grit, and more so her mother's spirit,
> changed her life and that of many others for the better.
>
> S J Rajalakshmi's is an inspiring story. She was travelling to Chennai
> to present a paper at a national conference when she met with a road
> accident, resulting in permanent loss of mobility in both her lower
> limbs.
>
> She completed her graduation and internship in a wheelchair, and also
> topped her college in orthodontics and community dentistry. Barely a
> month out of a major surgery in 2009, she wrote her P-G entrance exam
> and passed with a good score.
>
> BATTLE FOR RESERVATION
>
> Though the government of India had reserved 3% seats for persons with
> disability, the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences had
> reserved only one seat for a physically challenged candidate in 2009.
>
> Since the university was supposed to reserve 3% seats, Dr Rajalakshmi
> approached the then state commissioner for disabilities Das
> Suryawanshi, who issued a order to reserve 3% seats. Surprisingly, the
> university ignored this order. Not one to give up, Rajalakshmi's
> mother Dr Shobha Murthy filed a writ petition in the high court. After
> a year-long battle, the court issued a historic order, making 3%
> reservation mandatory for disabled students in government and private
> educational institutions.
>
> Her battle enabled 24 disabled students to pursue their dreams in
> medical and dental PG courses this year.
>
> 'MY LIFE CHANGED'
>
> "When I suddenly became disabled, my life completely changed. It was
> shocking for us to know that an Act enacted 15 years ago was not
> implemented, and people with disability were denied their rights all
> these years. My mother was struggling to get justice for me and I was
> worried about her health. On several occasions, I wanted her to give
> up, but she was confident and fought till I and many like me got
> justice. I thank my mother and brothers for being my pillars of
> strength," Rajalakshmi told TOI.
>
> "All her life, my daughter has been a meritorious student and when I
> knew she rightly deserved the seat, I had to fight for her rights. I
> have argued my daughter's case alone in court. But I am happy the
> struggle benefited the entire disabled student community. From the
> current year, it is mandatory that all educational institutions
> reserve 3% seats as per the PWD Act," said mother Shobha Murthy.
>
> "The government turns the disabled into beggars by only distributing
> wheelchairs and clutches. They should empower them by efficiently
> implementing the PWD Act," she added.
>
> Since the state government had failed to implement the Act, Dr
> Rajalakshmi lost one year. But not really — the plucky girl did a
> course in fashion designing and pursued her Masters in Psychology
> through distance education.
>
> Dr. Victor John Cordeiro
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