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There are more than 26 million people with disabilities in India, many of whom fall victim to violence and exclusion. Despite the country’s healthy economic growth, these people are excluded from the resulting development.
India is one of the great emerging powers and in a phase of rapid growth. Despite this, around 30% of the population still lives below the poverty threshold (UNDP 2014) and the economic and social disparities between the different states are enormous.
According to the latest disability census conducted in 2011, there are more than 70 million people with disabilities in India. These people are particularly vulnerable and have limited access to health care, education and jobs. They are also victims of discrimination. The number of people with disabilities is aggravated by various factors, such as malnutrition, appalling living and working conditions, limited access to health care, lack of hygiene, sanitation problems, limited access to information, and the internal conflicts in certain regions.
Furthermore, there are numerous forms of discrimination and social exclusion, notably against people from inferior casts, or tribal and/or remote rural areas. People with disabilities are, therefore, subjected to discrimination on a number of levels and are ill-informed about the social support systems available. Women are considered to be of little value, and are unfairly treated when trying to access services and employment.
The country is also vulnerable to natural disasters, such as drought, cyclones, floods, and landslides, which represent a major threat on the sub-continent.