Sign language interpreters at police stations in Odisha for hearing-impaired, mute people

State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Sulochana Das said that the interpreters will assist 'divyangs' in recording their statements and filing FIRs at the police stations.

Published: 18th October 2019 11:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2019 11:21 AM   |  A+A-

Police, Crime

Representational image (Illustration | Amit Bandre)

By ANI

BHUBANESWAR: In a first, Odisha government will empanel sign language interpreters at the police stations to assist people with hearing and speaking disabilities.

Speaking to ANI, State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Sulochana Das said that the interpreters will assist 'divyangs' in recording their statements and filing FIRs at the police stations.

"Deaf and mute people are very prone to crime and they can't explain the crime. It is difficult to understand their language also. So, Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 has mentioned that every police station should have a sign language instructor," she said.

She also said that besides registering the police complaints, these interpreters will also provide help to such citizens in further legal proceedings.

"They will help specially-abled persons to register their FIR and also interpret their feelings in the court. We have given a list of 13 certified sign language instructors to the police," she said.

In the absence of interpreters, people with speaking and hearing disabilities encounter extreme difficulty in registering their cases and narrating their ordeal to concerned law and order authorities.

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