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3ft, single, 113 yrs and going

With no surviving family members, Zeenat Bi, who could never marry, has been living alone for nearly half a century, Shahroz Afridi reports.

bhopal Updated: Oct 18, 2012 15:09 IST
Shahroz Afridi
Shahroz Afridi
Hindustan Times

The moment one enters Zeenat Bi's room, one can see kid size slippers kept in the corner and a doll collection, which she proudly shows off amidst giggles.

In the evening, she loves to watch 'Laptaganj' on TV as it makes her laugh. Reading about her daily routine you would think Zeenat Bi is a kid but according to JP Hospital records she is 113 years old! And at three feet she is probably the world's oldest living dwarf.

The 'human heritage' is not aware of the Guinness World Records and never tried to enlist her name for the same.

She is a neglected person, often used by people around as an 'exhibit' but no one to take care of her.

With no surviving family members, Zeenat Bi, who could never marry, has been living alone for nearly half a century.

She is living a miserable life, struggling even for her basic daily needs.

Earlier she used to live in Hathikhana area of Old City. For the last two decades she is living in Jehangirabad in a rented room.

Her landlord Abrar Mohd Khan says, "She has no means of income except for a government pension of Rs 275 per month, that too, once in three or four months. She has to spend almost Rs 150 on hiring an auto to the bank to avail her pension. We do not charge her anything for the accommodation," said Abrar.

"Most of the people till now have been using her as an exhibit. She was crowned in an event organised by MP tourism department in 2008. Other organisations also used her to attract a crowd but forgot about her soon after the programme," said Raza Durrani, a neighbour, who takes her to the hospital from time to time. "Whenever I take her to the hospital people stare at her strangely and crowd around her," added Raza.

Trouble has not robbed Zeenat of her zeal to live, who still sports jet black hair that she claims are 'original'. Talking of her childhood days she recalls the British rule.

She says it was the time when 'double roti' (bread) was introduced. "Poor people help me more compared to the affluent class," says Zeenat Bi. Showing her tiny sized bed, she proudly says that Uma Bharti got her this bed and carpet. She also bought her other things of daily use.

Zeenat says that she does not eat much therefore her food expenses are minimal but she suffers from weakness, which needs medical attention.

"Doctors have advised her to take calcium and certain other medicines. She now needs extra medical attention. Government and other social organisations should come forward to helpher," said Amir Mehboob, another Good Samaritan, who helps her quite often.

First Published: Oct 18, 2012 15:08 IST