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Indian Railways Blind to Disability

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Published on Oct 22, 2012

Anita Tai is a 30 something woman living alone in the town of Vangani in the outlier districts of the city of Mumbai. Anita was born blind. Around a decade ago, she migrated to Vangani when she heard that it was home to disabled families who came across the state and settled there to earn their living. Anita's desire was to be independent and live a life of dignity. She became one of the many blind people who you may have seen selling inexpensive 'made-in-china' pens, chains and other trinkets in the compartments of the Mumbai trains.

A few years ago, when Anita was making her way across the railway tracks to the platform to board her daily train, she lost her balance, slipped and fell. An arriving train ran over her hand. She survived the accident but her limb was destroyed. It had to be surgically amputated.

In a town of 350 disabled people making their living by selling their wares to commuters in train compartments and no foot-over bridge to safely access the platform, Anita remains just another statistic of causality.

There are many cases like hers in Vangani -- the blind who are forced to navigate the hazardous tracks in complete darkness, the people who have broken bones and fractured limbs, the people who have lost their lives. 15 years of many avoidable mishaps later, the authorities have yet to come good on their promise of a foot-over bridge.

You can help Anita and support the 350 blind families of Vangani in their struggle for a footover bridge which can give them safe access to the railways platform. Call Rahul Jain, Divisional Regional Manager, Central Railways on 022-22621450 and make a demand to make Vangani Railway Station into an accessible disabled(blind) friendly railway platform. Demand for immediate change.

For more information on the families and the situation continue reading at http://indiaunheard.videovolunteers.o...

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