The girl’s mother said she did not want to insult the leaders. “We are not demeaning anybody but such visits are only weakening my daughter. We can no longer bear these visits.”
The woman said her daughter was now unwilling to continue her studies and sports — she was a runner and had represented the state at various meets organised for the physically challenged.
“As she is the focus (at the meetings) everyday, she is apprehensive of confronting social problems and has expressed her reluctance to go to school and carry on with her sports activities,” the mother said.
When told about the grievances of the girl’s family, P.N. Bhutia, the district magistrate of North Dinajpur, said: “A team from the district administration will be sent to the girl’s house on July 3. They will assess the condition of the girl and the family, and accordingly, steps will be taken to help them.”