Story By: Umesh Saxena
INDIA (Madhya Pradesh) Santosh Kumaribelongs to Madhya Pradesh state of India. She is 28 yrs.old and 33 inches tall. She makes her living as a tailor and known for stitching beautiful dresses for women and children in the village where she lives in India.Because of her cuteness and intelligence, villagers adores her. Santosh said: “Everyone loves me in the village. I don’t have to face criticism. “Most of the women in the village who are of my age are either married or about to get married but I know I can ever feel that happiness. Father and brother who work as casual labour in farms says they had tried finding a match for Santosh but no one was keen on marrying her after hearing about her height. Santosh’s younger brother Mahavir said: “She is a fantastic woman and can do everything on her own. She doesn’t rely on us for anything. She is a wonderful tailor and makes beautiful clothes. Santosh says,“I miss a companion in my life but have no hopes of finding one ever.
I am too short and no one wants to marry me. Santosh’s desperation is matter of concern also because her younger brother Mahavir Meena, 23, is a married man with one child. Born to Ram Swaroop Meena, 51and Dwarka Bai, 46 from Madhya Pradesh in central India, Santosh suffers from an extreme case of dwarfism. She was born a healthy child and grew normally until the age of four.Mahavir said:
“She was like any other child. Healthy and grew normally but when she reached at the age of four, her growth stopped. Family consulted a lot of local doctors but they recommended us to take her to big hospitals in cities for treatment.“But we have no money and somehow make our ends meet. Big doctors will ask for a lot of fee that we cannot afford,” added Mahavir. Santosh says: “I have accepted my fate. I understand I cannot grow tall anymore or get married. All I want is to continue living happily and my stitching work so I can open a shop someday