‘I love hav­ing a pur­pose’

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While Laxmi strug­gles to ac­cept her con­di­tion and har­bours dreams of liv­ing like any of her friends, she does not want to plunge into mat­ri­mony with­out giv­ing it se­ri­ous thought. “I’m fright­ened of putting my fu­ture into the hands of a per­son who could be a bad man. I am scared some­body could ill-treat me and then aban­don me when he wishes. Also, I can’t have kids any­way. So I keep won­der­ing what’s the point of get­ting mar­ried?”

She drops her head and looks down. Then, a mo­ment later, her face breaks out into a smile when she spots Suman re­turn home from school. “I like be­ing in her com­pany. She is my best friend,’’ says Laxmi.

Un­like most 20-year-olds, Laxmi does not go out of­ten. “I pre­fer play­ing games on my lap­top or mo­bile phone and watch tele­vi­sion soaps or films at home,’’ she says.

She is also start­ing to en­joy clothes shop­ping, which is good as her part-time job means she has to help other shop­pers. “I want to be a fi­nan­cial sup­port to my fam­ily,” she says. “I was scared when I was first of­fered the job but I’m tough and I’ve over­come my fears to do this.”

Laxmi’s boss Bosky Arora, 33, owner of The Lisa Col­lec­tion shop, says, “Laxmi is a won­der­ful con­fi­dent girl, I hope I can help her gain some in­de­pen­dence.

“We must help ev­ery­one where we can. And any­one with a dis­abil­ity should be helped to feel as nor­mal as pos­si­ble. Laxmi and I have be­come good friends.”

Laxmi says, “I love hav­ing a pur­pose now; com­ing out ev­ery day to earn money is won­der­ful. It’s brought a lot of joy into my life and it’s given me a new de­ter­mi­na­tion for the fu­ture.

“My boss is very sup­port­ive of me and she makes me feel re­ally good about my­self. I’m very pleased I came across this op­por­tu­nity to work in her com­pany.”

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