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Saturday, 3 December 2011

World Disability Day: No celebrations at India Gate this year

NEW DELHI: Every year, World Disability Day is marked by hundreds of differently-abled persons getting together at India Gate. However, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has been denied permission by the ministry of home affairs to hold the celebrations this year.

The December 3 event has been like a ritual for people with special needs since 1997, with many of them also presenting cultural performances, say NCPEDP sources.

"Year after year, we have been witnessing a peaceful gathering of differently-abled men, women and children. It is one day when they gather in larger numbers at India Gate to celebrate.

I'm unable to understand why Delhi Police or the home ministry would deny us permission when all sorts of other events take place in the area regularly. I am deeply disappointed and extremely shocked," said Javed Abidi, honorary director, NCPEDP.

Cops say they didn't give their consent to NCPEDP because they could not procure an NOC from the civic agency concerned. However, sources say police have banned all demonstrations at India Gate for the past one week to discourage Anna Hazare's supporters from seeking permission to hold a protest.


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