Children’s education bill faces protests from disability activists

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The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009, which is being considered by the Lok Sabha, has invited protest from disability activists. They are of the view that the bill leaves out 20 million differently-abled children out of its ambit.

The human resource development (HRD) ministry, however, maintains that these charges are not accurate. “The bill does include children suffering from disability within its ambit. It clearly provides that children with disability will have the right to free and compulsory education in accordance with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act, 1991,” HRD minister Kapil Sibal said.

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  1. I think there are a lot of fanatics out there. Law shouldn’t have to mention anyone in particular. We, as a society, should assume that all individuals are included by default unless specifically mentioned otherwise as an exception. I don’t think the bill mentioned white Caucasian males with a height of 5 feet 4 inches, either. Should I assume they are deliberately excluded on account that they weren’t specifically included? We are an equal society, under law. No bill that is without a notion of segregation should be assumed be open-ended and interpretive in that regard. The Amendments to the constitution dont explicitly give black men equal rights, do they? They give all men equal rights. And all women. Without specifying gender or race, and without awarding any rights on an individual or demographically-specific basis. Those Amendments were pretty generic about who they applied to. That is the foundational point for interpreting all subsequent laws – that is, without specifically outing a particular group, no law does by default. And so I dont see the issue in any new law on the table that doesnt go out of its way to list one group or another when its applicable to all.

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