W.When he is neither working in the field nor making things from jute, Gobanda Majmaddar likes to walk to a tea stall near his home in Assam to buy sweets for his nieces. She says it all with a touch signature, the only means of communication for 37-year-olds who can’t speak, can’t hear, can’t see.
Born deaf, Majumdar later became blind at the age of two after contracting rubella. Life has its challenges but he hopes to find a wife. “My younger brother is married, so why not me?” He spoke to photographer Vicky Rai, who visited him in Kamrup district as part of a project to share stories of people with disabilities in rural India.
“My goal is to raise awareness about disabilities in the general public so that stories related to them can be shared with other people like them and raise awareness about disability in the general public,” says Roy. “My clear goals are: focus on the person, not on the disability. They should not be sad, but pursue their simple dreams like normal human beings. And make sure that the subjects of men and women are equally blended. ۔
Roy has been traveling across the country for the past six months with permission – and photographed 21 officially recognized persons with disabilities in India. Plan Everyone is good at something (EGS) is releasing a steady stream of stories to challenge the widespread scandal and taboo. “Hopefully, these images will open up the issue of disability and perhaps even policy.”
“Real change takes time and as long as it takes we will continue,” says VR Feroz, founder of India Inclusion Foundation, Which launched EGS with Rai, which aims to publish 15,000 stories from every state in the country.
“ Law in India Very progressive in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. Feroz, an engineer based in California, says most people are unaware of the problem, having started working on disability rights 12 years after his son was born with autism.
“We know that people in India don’t talk about disability because there is a sense of taboo. One reason for this may be the concept of ‘karma’, where people think that someone has a disability because they have done something wrong in the past. “We asked ourselves: ‘How do we change this statement, and we’ve decided to make some kind of decision?’ Man of New York [a photoblog of street portraits and interviews], But a feature for people with disabilities all over India.
Records of the Indian Census 2% of the population Feroz says that, because of the disability, compared to the world average of about 15, which shows that many people do not discuss disabilities in their family.
In 2015, victims of acid attacks were added to the list of persons with disabilities, and Rai went to Agra, Uttar Pradesh, to meet five women who help run the Shiro Hangout, one of the survivors of the acid attack. There is a cafe and community for.
When she was 27, her stepmother poured acid on her face. Today, she manages the store’s accounts and design in Shiroz.
Roy says he deliberately seeks out stories that have received little coverage, but the project also involves some of the leading campaigners.
After his legs were amputated after a bomb attack in the Kargil war, Chandigarh Major Devinder Pal Singh started running half a marathon. Known as India’s “First Blade Runner”, he interviews his ex-servicemen who have overcome similar challenges in life on his YouTube channel. Don’t call it death, And Challenging Ounces, an organization that has encouraged more than 1,400 amputees across India to participate in sports.
In Acolyte, Nagaland, Ishii Kiba recalls the cruelty of neighbors who thought she was “cursed” because she was born with little fingers. She would hide her hands because of sarcasm and drop out of school for the year. Eventually, however, she completed a degree in English Literature and began speaking for the Nagaland State Disability Forum (NSDF), of which she is now General Secretary.
Each story includes five pictures, with subjects having pictures at home – in their own “kingdom”, with their family.
“Society either ignores people with disabilities or treats them less like human beings. It doesn’t give them a chance to create their ideas, show their diverse abilities and even their sense of humor, “says Roy, who eventually hired other volunteers to help with the project. Will do
“People are very welcome when we get to their homes,” says Roy. “They say they are happy to see us because they are finally getting some respect.”
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