Travel gives the disabled confidence and operators are aware of a new set of people who want to explore the world
Neha Arora had never imagined that she would be facing a mob of devotees in a temple, insisting her disabled parents to follow a ‘dress code’, using religion as an excuse to make it hard for her family to enter a place of worship. It was disheartening, but not new. They insisted that her parents, both persons with disability (Arora’s father is blind, and her mother is a wheelchair user), not sit on the steps of the temple but queue up as any other visitor. If you’ve ever stood in a queue to any temple, you’ll know that the jostle-and-shove routine is unforgiving. Arora and her sister had faced hostility on many occasions while travelling with their parents, but none to a degree where they lost enthusiasm to step out of their home again for a holiday.