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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Punjab Abroad- Britain

UK: Punjabi woman grows beard after baptism
ANI
London, February 18, 2014
First Published: 11:05 IST(18/2/2014)
Last Updated: 13:03 IST(18/2/2014)

An Indian-origin woman in the UK, who is suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome that results in excessive hair growth, has embraced her condition and growing a beard after being baptised as a Sikh.

Harnaam Kaur told the Daily Star that she had been struggling with hair growth on her face, chest and arms since she was 11 and was called 'beardo', 'shemale' and 'sheman' for it.

23-year-old Kaur explained that because of the bullying she started doing self-harm and hiding away in her house as she couldn't bear the strangers staring at her because of her condition.

Kaur said that at 16, when she was given a chance to be baptised as a Sikh, she decided she has had enough of hiding away.

Even though her decision to grow a beard was initially objected by her parents and relatives, she went ahead and grew one anyway.

The Slough resident has now asserted that she would never ever go back and remove her facial hair because it's the way God made her and she is happy with the way she is.

Kaur said that she feels more feminine and sexy now, adding that she has learned to love herself for who she is and nothing can shake her now.


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