An article by Anupam Jha article A disability lawyer has a long way to go before becoming a household name in the legal arena, but he’s in a position to help.
Airtel’s Ajay Kulkarni has a PhD in law and has a law practice based in Bengaluru.
His specialty is disability discrimination law.
In his practice, he has represented clients including people with mental health issues, elderly people and others with disabilities.
He says the disability discrimination litigation is a hot topic of discussion among the lawyers in his office, which is currently facing a huge demand for legal services.
The lawyer says the law is one of the most complex areas in the country, and it is not easy to understand the nuances of what is discrimination.
Kulkarnic said he has been working with clients in a number of states and territories since he joined the firm in 2013.
“I was very surprised when I joined the office in 2017 and it has been challenging,” he said.
“I started my first case in 2017 after I realised that a group of people who have suffered discrimination in the name of religion were not getting the help they deserve.
I had to go through my own personal experience and research to get the facts,” he added.
Kukarni said that the legal profession has not changed much since the time he started working in the 1990s.
“It used to be that you had to write a complaint to the law and it was not that easy to make it come to court,” he recalled.
“Nowadays, people are filing complaints through social media, through mobile phone apps or even through e-mail.
But it still takes time for the case to go to court.”
When the case goes to court, the court does not accept it.
You are not getting any justice in the end,” he pointed out.
In fact, the lawyer says many lawyers do not even understand the disability rights, disability laws and disabilities in general, and this creates a lot of confusion in the courtroom.
Joshi said the government of India has to do something about the legal landscape and bring back legal protections to the disability community. “
We are seeing a rise in cases and people are losing their jobs due to it,” he told Firstpost.
Joshi said the government of India has to do something about the legal landscape and bring back legal protections to the disability community.
“For many years, the government has ignored the plight of the disabled, but they are trying to change this with the ADA (Equity of Persons) Act and the Human Rights Commission of India (HRCI),” he added, referring to the government-appointed body tasked with addressing discrimination in India.
“The disability community has been under a lot pressure in India and the legal system is not working to address the issue,” he noted.
The government, in a letter to Joshi dated February 20, 2017, said that there are more than 3,000 disability cases registered in the Indian state of Gujarat, which covers nearly 30 per cent of the country’s total population.
The letter, sent by the government’s disability and legal affairs department, said these cases are often filed in villages in the states of Haryana and Rajasthan.
In 2016, Haryanvi had 1,100 disability cases against 7,000 cases filed by the disabled.
The number of cases filed in the state is higher than the national average of 1,000.
According to the Haryani National Commission for Disabled Persons (HNCP), the number of disability cases in Haryanas state is at nearly 200,000 and in Rajasthani at around 400,000, which are also far higher than in Gujarat.
“This is not a problem in Gujarat alone,” said Jangesh Shah, chairperson of the HNCP.
“The government is trying to take a step forward by introducing a new law that would enable the court to hear cases against people with disabilities,” he stressed.
In 2015, the Indian Supreme Court, which oversees the government, made a landmark ruling on the issue of disability rights in India by dismissing a petition filed by a blind man in Uttar Pradesh, who was seeking compensation for the cost of the disability services he had to undergo as a result of being a deaf and visually impaired person.
The court rejected the claim and said the petitioner should have been allowed to contest the case on the grounds of equal protection.
A new law is needed to protect disabled people, said a spokesperson for the Disability Rights Law Project (DRLP), a civil society organisation.
“In the last two years, there has been a sharp rise in the number and severity of disability-related cases being filed in various states and the union territories.
The burden is on the state governments to ensure that these cases do not come to the courts, or they have to go for