In a one-bedroom house in north Delhi's Wazirpur lives the Pullan family, content and happy to be with one another. But that changes as soon as they step out when they face prejudices for their extreme fair skin due to Albinism. People address them as 'Suraj-mukhi’ or ‘Angrez’ (British) because of their pale skin. The 10 members of the family are not foreigners, but suffer from a congenital absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes.
In a country where fairness creams are advertised and dark skin is shunned, being this pale-skinned opens you up to prejudice and discrimination in society.
The mother, Mani, got the genetic disease from her family, while the father, Rosetauri, was the only one born with albinism in his clan. When asked why they decided to marry amongst Albinos, Deepa the second eldest daughter said, “if others do not talk to us as equals, how will they accept us in matrimony?”
They say that they have a ‘tough’ life, but they strive to make the most of it