Goa: Disabled girl denied entry in temple

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In a shocking incident, a disabled girl was reportedly denied entry to Mangueshi temple by the trustee in north Goa on Monday.

The temple authorities said in a statement, there was no facility to take the wheelchair in the temple.

The girl’s mother alleged the trustee of the temple authorities denied the entry of the wheelchair inside the temple as “vehicles were not allowed inside”.

The complaint filed by DRAG’s Avelino D’Sa reads, “This is outright discrimination and abuse of a physically challenged person, which is a criminal offense under Section 92(a) of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016. We also wish to bring to notice that denial of the right to worship is a serious offense as the right to worship is a fundamental right under the Constitution of India”.

An online petition against discrimination was filed by the girl’s mother.

Following this, Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) filed the complaint with the South Goa police yesterday.

DRAG president Avelino D’Sa said, “We also wish to bring to notice that denial of the right to worship is a serious offense as it is a fundamental right under the Constitution”.

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