First-ever braille version of 1973 constitution inaugurated


First-ever transcript of the fundamental rights in the Constitution of Pakistan in braille was inaugurated at the National Institution of Special Education, Islamabad on Wednesday in the presence of visually impaired children and persons with disabilities (PWDs). Member National Assembly AsiyaAzeem inaugurated the braille transcription during the golden jubilee celebrations of the 1973 Constitution organized by the Ministry of Human Rights, Directorate General of Special Education.

Braille is a system of touch reading and writing for blind persons in which raised dots represent the letters of the alphabet. It also contains equivalents for punctuation marks and provides symbols to show letter groupings.

People read braille by moving the hand or hands from left to right along each line. A declamation contest, under the theme “My Constitution – Guarantee of my Freedom”, was also held amongst students with different disabilities to sensitize the public in general and PWDs in specific about their fundamental rights. Visually impaired children and students with other disabilities from eight special education institutes of the twin cities participated in the contest and enlightened the audience about the importance of the Constitution and its role in safeguarding the fundamental rights of citizens. Speaking on the occasion after cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the braille version of the first two chapters of the Constitution, MNA AsiyaAzeem said.