The word inspirational does not even come close to describing what 17-year-old Jebin Kousar from the small town of Mujrahar in Hojai district, Assam, has achieved.
As reported in News 18, Jebin was born without hands and is the daughter of an autorickshaw driver and homemaker. However, she overcame the odds and not only passed her matriculation exam under the Assam Board of Secondary Education but also scored the First Division along with 11 others from her school.
“We are so proud of Jebin and the other students—our school has seen such excellent results after almost 17 years! We never let Jebin feel like she was different. Her classmates and teachers have helped her since kindergarten and continue to do so even now. We will always be with her in this journey,” Principal Afsana Begum Choudhury told News 18.
A picture of Jebin writing an exam with her feet firmly holding a pen is firmly adorned on the back cover of all student ID cards, reminding them that no obstacle is too high.
Living in the town of Mujrahar, which is approximately 180 km from Guwahati, Jebin is the eldest of six daughters. Both her parents Abdul Jabbar and Fateha Begum are over the moon about their child’s achievement.
“We have raised our daughter with a lot of difficulties, but are thrilled and overjoyed with her results, especially because she did this entirely on her own and never took tuitions for any subject,” Fateha Begum, Jebin’s mother, told News 18.
Jebin now wants to become a school teacher and has enrolled at the Mariam Ajmal College in Hojai, Assam. She plans to take up the Humanities stream. However, her mother fears for the challenges that lie before the family. For starters, the family survives on a meagre income of Rs 5,000 per month, and with her father suffering from certain ailments, it is the Murajhar Guidance Junior Trust which will fund her education till Class 12.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)