Women with Disabilities are one of the most vulnerable and invisible sections in
India. The Census of India 2011 puts their total number at 11.8 million. Due to their gender and
disability they are at the greatest risk of violence. Other intersecting factors- class, caste,
ethnicity, rural/ urban residence, low education, weak response systems- compound the impact
of gender and disability. Due to their current dependence on caregivers/ family members, they
are extremely vulnerable but systemic and credible data on exact extent of violence against
them is not yet available.
We have written this report to address their urgent needs in response to the Indian
Government’s submission of the “Initial Report under Article 35 of the Convention on August 3
2015 to the Committee of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Published on 10th February 2019