As the differently-abled persons celebrated World Disability Day on Friday, the hearing impaired people sought legal recognition of sign language in India.
"Nobody knows sign language. No training and nothing. So we are demanding that sign language should be recognised as a language of India just like any other - Tamil, Punjabi or Urdu," said Javed Abidi, irector of National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP).
Abidi said, on Thursday he made this demand to home minister P Chidambaram as the issue of languages falls under his ministry.