Siliguri: A 16-year-old differently-abled girl in West Bengal’s Siliguri district is setting a unique example by using her feet and toes to write. She does it so effortlessly that she’s become a role model even for ‘normal’ people of the region.
Bidhan Nagar resident Sushmita Mandal doesn’t have one of her hands. The one she has is deformed. However, she never let her disability come in the way of achieving her dreams.
While taking her Board exams at Muraliganj High School recently, she became the centre of attraction as onlookers gathered to look at the confident girl writing her papers with ease.
The West Bengal Secondary Examination started from Tuesday and Mandal, a student of Santoshini Vidhyachakra in Siliguri, was much excited to appear in her first paper.
Sadly, her father Subhash Mandal is an alcoholic and has taken no responsibility for her daughter. Her mother, Anjali, who works in a tea factory nearby for her livelihood, is her pillar of strength.
Samsul Alam, headmaster of Muraliganj High School, said, “I was really shocked to see Sushmita writing with her feet and toes. it is an inspiration for all of us.”