"God cannot be everywhere so he made mothers." This is how 20-year-old Tinku sums up his mother. The description could not have been more apt as the physically-challenged boy, who cannot walk or sit on his own, got to the village school in Bend, Jharkhand, because of his mother.
Geeta used to carry him to the school every day. Her fighting spirit egged on Tinku to reach Bend Middle School. He read and wrote either lying on the cot or on his mother’s lap and has cleared his Class VIII exams.
Twenty-two years ago Tinku’s father, Gopeshwar Saw Bend, would not have believed what he sees today. The petty farmer and his wife had pulled all their resources to get Tinku cured but to no avail.
Gopeshwar, however, does not have the financial means for his son’s further studies. Geeta has pinned her hopes on the Chakuulia Block Office, from where she is trying to get a disability certificate from the government doctor. The certificate will entitle Tinku to a meager Rs 200 a month under the Vivekanand Encouragement Scheme, which the state government plans to launch to support people with disability.