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What they need is human bondage

Of Human Bondage motivates a handicapped boy Phillip to live with honour. But, the recent Bollywood blockbuster, Omkara, makes a mockery of a character of the film by calling him Langda. The film has had a lot of fans, but found a critic in secretary to Handicap Welfare Department Rohit Nandan. Besides, Omkara, in films, like Golmaal, Pyare Mohan and Tom, Dick and Harry, the physically challenged have not got a fair deal.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 01:16 IST

Of Human Bondage motivates a handicapped boy Phillip to live with honour. But, the recent Bollywood blockbuster, Omkara, makes a mockery of a character of the film by calling him Langda. The film has had a lot of fans, but found a critic in secretary to Handicap Welfare Department Rohit Nandan.

Besides, Omkara, in films, like Golmaal, Pyare Mohan and Tom, Dick and Harry, the physically challenged have not got a fair deal.

The lack of sensitivity of film industry towards the physically challenged has earned a criticism from secretary Handicap Welfare Department Rohit Nandan who said that the physically challenged had the right to live a normal life.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, he said that instead of making fun of them, people should be sensitive towards their problem.

“In a recently released movie, Omkara the name of one of the characters is ‘Langada’. In movies like ‘Golmaal’, ‘Pyare Mohan’ and ‘Tom-Dick- Harry’ too the physically challenged have been ridiculed. The film industry should be sensitive towards the physically challenged,” he said.

“In stead of painting a negative picture about them, the media should highlight their achievements. It will motivate the physically challenged to contribute in the progress of the society. The State Government has launched several self-employment schemes for them,” he said. 

Nandan was speaking at a question-and-answer session organised by the UP Press Club. The aim of the programme was to equip the media persons with enough knowledge to write in-depth stories about the issue. At the beginning of the session, Nandan showed a short film that focused on the condition of the physically challenged.

“There are barely any theatres, malls, shopping complexes, temples, churches, schools, colleges or restaurants where they can go. The society is not sensitive towards them,” he rued.

“The State has around 34.5 lakh people are physically challenged. The cities with the highest rate of physically challenged are Kanpir, Azamgarh and Allahabad. He also said that malnutrition, poverty, unhygenic living condition and poor medical facilities increased the rate of disability. During pregnancy, women should avoid alcohol otherwise the children may be down with physical disability,” he said.

Nandan distinguished between impairment, disability and handicap. The Disability Act 1995 does not even define disability. It has only classified different types of handicaps into seven categories: blindness, low vision, leprosy, hearing impairment, locomotion disability, mental retardation and mental illness. “There are three other types of disabilities that are being considered for classification- autism, hearing disorder and multiple disorders.”