The Differently Abled: Exploring the Rights and Legislation in India

  • Shruti Bedi


There are certain institutional and societal practices that give rise to inequality amongst people. The discrimination could be based on grounds of caste, gender, color, religion, status, and power in society and the physical ability or rather disability stemming from personal prejudices or perceptions. Laws ordinarily assist in molding the relationships existing in society in a progressive manner. They help redefine the social perceptions and are used to establish reformatory practices. With respect to persons with disability or rather the differently abled, the law has been and is being used to change the orthodox view of disability. This chapter will provide an overview of the rights available to the differently abled under the Indian Constitution. The Constitution bestows the fundamental rights of equality and personal liberty to each and every person and recognizes the ideals of dignity and privacy of human beings. It will examine how the law is trying to bring about a change in the social notions, prejudiced perceptions and the practices of social exclusion faced by the persons with disability. It explores the development of the legislation and the fundamental rights available to the differently abled in India today.


Differently abled Persons with disability Disability law Discrimination Rights Equality 


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  • Shruti Bedi
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  1. 1.University Institute of Legal StudiesPanjab UniversityChandigarhIndia

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