Politicians are urged by the Election Commission to refrain from using disparaging language toward people with disabilities

Politicians have been advised by the Election Commission not to make disparaging remarks about people with disabilities in public speeches. They have been informed that using such language in a speech by candidates or members of any political party may be seen as an insult to these individuals.

The poll panel said in a recommendation submitted to parties on Wednesday that inclusive representation of all populations in elections is essential to democracy.

“The Election Commission of India has made ensuring inclusive and accessible elections a top priority, especially to guarantee PwDs’ equitable participation. The recommendation said, “The Commission is actively working to advance the principles of accessibility and inclusivity in the elections with a renewed rigor.”