[AI] Persons with disabilities detained
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Fri Jul 9 20:51:29 EDT 2010
Persons with disabilities detained, released
CHENNAI, July 10, 2010
The police on Friday picked up a group of persons with disabilities for trying to hold a candlelight vigil in front of Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, demanding a barrier-free environment to enable them access the sanctum sanctorum.
The protesters were released two hours later. The police assured them that temporary provisions would be made immediately to improve the access.
The group, led by members of the Federation of Tamilnadu Physically Handicapped Association, was restrained by the police from congregating, said association vice-president T.M.N. Deepak.
“We would like to know how a temple that is not completely accessible has been given ISO certification. A High Court order says that every public place should be accessible with aids and appliances and that is not the case with the temple,” said B. Meenakshi of Vidya Sagar.
The protesters presented a petition to the police demanding that “within a month the government should constitute a committee with persons with disability to verify the barrier-free universal design features in public places across Tamil Nadu,” Ms. Meenakshi said.
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