Banking in Bangalore - But Not if You are Blind

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The Times of India sheds light on bastions of outmoded attitudes toward disability that harm citizens and tourism alike:

If you're visually challenged, you can certainly play the piano, but you can't get money out of most ATM machines in hi-tech Bangalore.

It is surprising that though ATM facilities are widely available, the visually challenged are unable to make use of them -- all because some banks allegedly refuse to provide ATM cards, while others do not even open accounts.

Anil Kumar, 25, working as a manager and also doing a company secretary course, is among those who have been denied an ATM card. He had approached State Bank of Mysore at JP Nagar and his application was allegedly rejected.

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