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Odisha Police Appoint Interpreters for Deaf Victims


In Odisha there are a total of 602 police stations. Whenever Deaf people go to the police station to file a complaint, communication would be very difficult. Earlier when a Deaf person went to the police station to file a complaint, it became difficult to communicate and they had to use gestures. Police want to help but communication is difficult. Looking at the Deaf person’s gestures they would guess and conduct the investigation. If a Deaf person wants to file a complaint and communication is Difficult they can write and explain. However if they can’t even write, it becomes even more difficult. If anything happens and if a Deaf person wants to file a complaint, communication is difficult because they are not trained in sign language. Now Odisha State Government for the first time has appointed Indian Sign Language interpreters. The interpreters will be appointed in Odisha police stations. If a there is a case related to a Deaf individual, the interpreter will be called to help communicate. In the same way they will help in Courts as well. State commissioner for persons with disabilities Sulochana Das said, The government has selected 12 interpreters. If a Deaf person wants to file an FIR. The interpreters will help the police to write FIRs of Deaf Victims. In the same way they will help out in courts and make things easy! The government has contacted many institutions that give training on sign language. They have received 12 names of Interpreters. They will soon finalise their appointment and salary. The government said that It is difficult for us to pay interpreters monthly as there are few cases related to deaf people. The frequency of cases is very less. To pay interpreters a full-time salary becomes very difficult. The government said that if there is a Deaf person wanting to file a complaint, the interpreter will be called and paid on a per day basis. Just like that whenever there is a case related to a Deaf person, interpreters will be called and paid. The Odisha government wants to make sure police stations are disabled friendly. There must be services accessible to the blind, ramps for people with physical disability and if a Deaf person wants to file a complaint an interpreter will be available. This is their aim.

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