Kumari Nayak, a 63-year-old woman from Odisha’s Ganjam district, has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. The woman suffers from a condition called polydactylism and has 19 toes and 12 fingers.
“I was born with this defect and I couldn’t be treated as we belonged to a poor family. It has now been 63 years that I have had this condition. The residents nearby, who are too much into blind faiths, believe that I am a witch and keep away from me,” she told a media organisation.
“I am forced to stay indoors as I am being treated differently which is not a nice way of treatment from my neighbours,” Kumari Nayak added.
People blinded by superstition often tag the lady as a ‘witch’. One of her neighbours was quoted saying, “Odisha is a state of blind faiths and hence treat her as a witch. I know that she has a medical problem and has nothing to do with what others believe her to be. I feel so sorry for her that she cannot even afford to get herself treated.”
Kumari Nayak has hid herself from the world and lived in isolation for years. But now, government officials are finally reaching out to help her.
As per reports, the lady has been offered a new home and is also eligible for regular pension. Officials have said they will raise awareness about her condition with her neighbours and ensure she enjoys a pleasant and less lonely life.
The previous record-holder for having the most digits in the world was Devendra Suthar. He made it to the record books in the year 2014 with his 14 toes and 14 fingers.