In a democracy why is universal adult franchise important?
Democracy is a system of government in which the citizens exercises supreme power. Therefore, it is necessary to have a system which provides equality to the people in electing their representative. Thus, universal adult franchise plays an important role in a democracy because it states that every individual irrespective of their caste, color, religion, gender, or status has one vote.
The Government of India passed the Disabilities Act in 1995. This law states that persons with disabilities have equal rights, and that the government should make possible their full participation in society. The government has to provide free education and integrate children with disabilities into mainstream schools. This law also states that all public places including buildings, schools, etc., should be accessible and provided with ramps.
Look at the photograph and think about the boy who is being carried down the stairs. Do you think the above law is being implemented in his case? What needs to be done to make the building more accessible for him? How would his being carried down the stairs affect his dignity as well as his safety?