ANDHRA PRADESH

Conquering disability the hard way

Gritty: Ch. Venkataramulu using her feet to eat.

Gritty: Ch. Venkataramulu using her feet to eat.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Singam Venkataramana

Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: Though an illiterate, Ch. Venkataramulu alias Venkataramana, a 26-year-old physically-

challenged girl of an impoverished family of Vepalasingaram village in Huzurnagar mandal, had learnt the skill of using her feet to not only perform her daily chores but assist her family members at home.

Unlike several normal persons, who despite having perfect physical fitness depend on others, Venkataramulu, the eldest daughter of daily wage labourers Ch. Shankar and Seethamma who was born without arms, is trying to prove herself resourceful at home.

She performs different activities like inserting thread through a needle with great concentration apart from taking bath and care of herself.

Poverty and physical disability have taken a heavy toll on her life as she missed school education. She mastered the skill of making effective use of feet and toes, thanks to the tough lessons the life had taught her.

“I did not undergo any formal training in the use of my feet and toes and I grasped the skill out of necessity and with the guidance of my father”, Venkataramulu remarked.

“I can read and write my name besides assist my parents and brothers at home”, she said with a sense of contentment. “Given an opportunity I would like to be financially independent with the support of the government”, she said optimistically. “I had performed the marriages of my remaining two daughters with great difficulty and had no resources to carve out a secured future for my handicapped daughter who is named after my late mother Ramulamma”, Shankar deplored.

“Barring the handicapped pension and our daily wage labour there is no other source of income for us”, Shankar lamented and urged the government departments concerned to extend loan to his daughter to help her become financially independent.

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