Girl with 65 fractures sits for examination

The physically challenged girl’s hands also have been aching but she has not been given the services of a writer as she could not produce a certificate of her disability.



By Mahesh Trivedi

Published: Wed 19 Mar 2014, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:39 AM

Unfazed by as many as 65 fractures in her legs due to an incurable bone disease, Gulnaz Malek has been appearing for the all-important Class X examination for the past two days in Ahmedabad.

The physically challenged girl’s hands also have been aching but she has not been given the services of a writer as she could not produce a certificate of her disability.

According to her father Yusuf, his strong-willed daughter, who has been suffering from weak bones since childhood, ‘walks’ in the home with the support of her hands and has fractures all over her body because of her brittle bones.

Her mother Hafeeza told Khaleej Times that Gulnaz’s eyes were also weak but she had been pounding her books for eight hours daily since last month to prepare for the crucial examination that, she said, could decide her future.

In yet another curious case, 18-year-old Raimal Dangar, a resident of Halvad town in 
Saurashtra, 150km from Ahmedabad, has also taken his 85 per cent disability and acute asthma in his stride and has been sitting for Class XII examination.

The boy, a farmer’s son, has to be carried to the examination hall in a special vehicle with a cumbersome oxygen cylinder though a student is at his service to write the answers on his behalf.

Also, Ahmedabad student Kalgi Raval, 18, sitting for Class X examination, is a blind radio jockey at Gujarat University’s radio station.

Despite non-availability of audio books or study material in the Braille script, she burnt midnight oil and was also coached personally by teachers who read out the science textbook to her for two hours daily and taught her by drawing diagrams on her palms. 
 mahesh@khaleejtimes.com


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