Emotional, eyes filled with tears and a crumbling voice, was the situation the State Commissioner of Person with Disabilities K S Rajanna was in when he described the agony he and his parents went through when he was a child – a child with different abilities.
“I was born normal, like every other child. Then the world turned upside down for my parents when I suffered from a polio attack when I was 10 months old. In a matter of just 15 days, I lost my both hands and legs, mostly because no one detected the cause of numbness,” Rajanna said after inaugurating a seminar on ‘Rights of the Differently Abled’ jointly organised by the JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing and JSS Law College on Saturday.
Rajanna, holding his tears back throughout his emotional speech, spoke on what challenges a differently-abled child and his parents go through. “I was given Ayurvedic medicine during the early stages of my disability. When I was taken to a private hospital in Bengaluru for allopathic treatment, the doctor straightaway recommended for amputation of my hands and legs and further advised my parents to donate me for the experimental study abroad,” he said, adding, “That is what we (differently-abled) were reduced to before the introduction Persons with Disabilities Act 1995.”
Rajanna said that people with disabilities were in the forefront in all the fields – be it sports, education, industry or social service. “What we are deprived of is the political representation which is not letting our core issues come out to be openly discussed,” he said.
People with disabilities shouldn’t be shown compassion. Instead, they ought to be facilitated with the opportunities as they have a higher level of confidence when compared to normal people, Rajanna said.
IV Additional District and Sessions Judge, Mysuru, Roopa Naik; Principal of JSS Law College Prof K S Suresh and Dr N P Nataraja of JSS Institute of Speech and Hearing were present.
Recounting his life story wherein a doctor told his parents to donate him for experimentation when he was a child, Rajanna said that Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 needed amendments considering the current status and requirement of the differently-abled as the act was framed to address the requirement of people back then.