Discrimination against girls and women in the under developed world is a devastating reality and females with a disability suffer even more. 2 1/2 years old Humna is a classic example of this inequity. Born into a very poor family, Humna is Zafar’s first child who was born after 8 years of his marriage, but when he found out that their baby is a girl he was not very pleased and called her just another expense. Instead of being a source of joy for the family, Zafar considered Humna as a liability and blamed & cursed her mother Rukhsana for giving birth to a girl.
But this was not the end of Rukhsana’s ordeal. A few weeks later she noticed white spots in Humna’s eyes and immediately took her to a local doctor. Upon her examination the doctor diagnosed cataract in both her eyes and advised surgery that would cost them them Rs. 30,000/- Hearing the news, Zafar lost control and threw both of them out of his house calling them ill-fated.
Poor Rukhsana moved to her father’s house and started teaching Quran to young children to earn her living. She dreaded the thought of her daughter staying blind for life and prayed to God for a miracle and one day her prayers were finally answered. Rukhsana’s father found out about LRBT free eye hospital in Korangi and immediately took his grand daughter there for her examination. Humna was given a date for surgery and was operated successfully.
Rukhsana’s joy knew no bounds as now her daughter would lead a normal life and would not have to bear the stigma of being blind owing to which she was disowned by her own father. She is deeply thankful to the staff and donors of LRBT for giving a new bright life to her beloved daughter.
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