“Her responsibility has increased and so has ours,” said Shashwati Purohit (40), mother of Kritika, the visually challenged girl who was given provisional admission in the four-year physiotherapy course following a direction of the Bombay High Court on Monday.
“Now that she has got the admission, she will have to prove she is capable of completing her course successfully,” said Shashwati.
There is no study material available for visually challenged students of physiotherapy as Kritika will be the first such student. “She will have to start everything from scratch. This will make it easier for students after her who want to pursue physiotherapy,” said Shashwati.
Shashwati said it was Kritika’s decision to fight the system and secure admission in physiotherapy. “She said even if things get difficult for her, she wanted to fight. She said students who came after her should not face the same difficulty,” said Shashwati.
Kritika lost sight in one eye when she was nine years old, said Shashwati. But soon after, by the time they got her MRI done, she had lost sight in the second eye too. “According to the doctors, she had developed a tumor in the area between her eyes because of which she lost her sight,” said Shashwati.
But she never gave up and secured good marks in her exams.
Despite getting 82 per cent in the SSC, she was not granted admission in science stream. “Even there we had to fight for her after which she got admission in Ruparel College. There too, she studied without extra coaching and secured 65 per cent,” said Shashwati.
She said that after Kritika secured maximum marks in Physics-Chemistry-Biology, 60 per cent, out of all her subjects, she decided to pursue science.
Kanchan Pamnani, her advocate who stood by her throughout, said she was relieved. “However, I am dreading the time when I have to come next to the court for another student.
For every single thing we have to come to the court for students’ (who are differently abled) rights despite there being the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity and Protection of Rights and Full Participation Act), 1995,” said Pamnani.