Thursday, February 09, 2017

Blind activist humiliated at Colombo airport

Mumbai: Nidhi Goyal (31), a visually-impaired activist from Mumbai, has alleged that she was humiliated by the ground staff at Colombo airport for not being able to carry her own luggage. In a compliant to the Jet Airways, Ms Goyal has said that the airport staff refused to help her and “advised” not to carry bags if she cannot handle them.

Ms Goyal works on disability rights and gender justice in Mumbai. Recently, she visited Sri Lanka for a global dialogue on sexuality and disability organised by CREA (is a feminist human rights organisation), and concluded her trip with conducting a training organised by Handicap International for Sri Lankan women, about rights of women and girls with disabilities.

The said incident took place during her return journey. Ms. Goyal was waiting for her flight in the waiting area and wanted to use the loo. Since the staff didn’t turn up for over half hour in spite of repeated requests, Ms Goyal decided to enter the airport and find her way to the loo on her own. “After the screening I needed help to push one of my bags with four wheels for which I asked help as had cane in my other hand. The officer who usually helps people with disability blatantly refused, saying she is not supposed to touch it. I even urged her to just guide but she refused,” she said.
09/02/17 Neha LM Tripathi/Asian Age

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