The struggles most persons with disability face in all sectors of life, including inclusive education, employment, legal rights and accessibility, is no secret.
Many differently abled persons have voiced these very struggles out at several instances including when the census team, who arrive at households and list down names and details of all other members merely acknowledging disabled persons as citizens.
But today’s story is about the victory of a 27-year-old man, Sanat Maitra with 83% cerebral palsy and how he received his own Aadhaar card after a 2-year battle.
This battle came to its destined end on Tuesday, 11 days after the family knocked the doors of the Calcutta High Court.
While the soft copy of the Aadhaar card arrived on Sanat’s mother, Nupur’s email ID on Monday, the printed copy was delivered in the same place where Sanat had his sacred thread ceremony on Tuesday, making it a sentimental experience for the Maitra household.
Now as visitors arrive, the family proudly shows off the Aadhaar card to them, and even offers sweets celebrating their victory.
Speaking to the Times of India, Nupur who works at IIM Calcutta said, “We held Sanat’s sacred thread ceremony on March 1 this year. We handed him the Aadhaar card to Sanat at the same puja ‘dalan’. It is not merely a new identity card, this is also a victory for everyone like Sanat whose right to life and dignity has been upheld.”
Expressing their deep respect for the high court, the family members were grateful to the UIDAI personnel who came home personally to complete the procedure and told them to stay rest assured. Even though tension clouded the home when the OTP generation took over a week, Monday brought good news.
Nupur will soon be visiting the SBI branch of IIM in Joka where she was asked to provide court papers to validate the use of Sanat’s account.
“This time I will carry the high court order along with the Aadhaar card. I hope they will be satisfied this time. The entire money in that account is used by us for Sanat’s treatment,” she told the publication.
Feature Image: TOI