Now, two-year jail term for discriminating against disabled

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 14, 2016, 12.03 PM(IST)

Indian physically challenged people take part in a protest rally at the departure gate of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata on February 3, 2016. Photograph:( AFP )

Discriminating against differently-abled people can land you in jail for two years, as India's Upper House unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday.

A person found guilty can be jailed for at least six months. The fine will range between Rs 10,000 (roughly $150) and Rs 5 lakh (roughly $7,400).

The bill, named The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, also gives effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and related matters.

The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. 

The Bill now covers 21 conditions. Some types of disabilities that have now been included are: mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, chronic neurological conditions.

The federal government can add more types of disabilities. 

The Disabilities Bill was the first piece of legislative action in this Winter session, which began on November 16.

The Upper House has been stalled following the furore over demonetisation between the federal government and opposition parties.

(With inputs from PTI)