Dholuram Roy, who lost his both legs under the wheels of a train 20 years ago, is now a successful farmer, thanks to his will power and perseverance.
In November, 1998, then 17-year-old Dholuram, son of late Kalia Ram of Khalisha Poncha village under Nilphamari Sadar upazila, went to Naogaon district with a group of farm workers to cut Aman paddy there as wage was a bit higher.
“A month later, I slipped and fell under the wheels while trying to get on a Nilphamari-bound train at Raninagar railway station in Naogaon on the way home. My both legs were severed and I bled profusely,” said Dholuram.
He got cured after one month's treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and then at the hospital of Danish-Bangladesh Leprosy Mission in Nilphamari for three months, said Gonesh Chandra, his elder brother.
“After returning home, I remained dependent on my elder brother for three years but I wanted to live through earning with dignity,” Dholuram said.
“Fortune smiled on me as a doctor at the Leprosy Mission arranged artificial legs and local lawmaker Asaduzzaman Noor bore the cost,” he said.
“I felt confident as I could move with the help of the artificial legs. At my request local landlord Animesh Master leased me two bighas of land where I started growing Aman and Boro paddy and vegetables. With the earning, I maintained myself and my widow mother,” he said.
Dholuram married Rani Bala Roy of Kanaikata village in 2010 and now the couple's son and daughter read in primary school.
During this correspondent's visit on Tuesday, Dholuram wearing artificial legs was seen watering his vegetable plot and his wife grazing two milking cows nearby.
“With the earning from sale of vegetables and paddy on two bighas, we later took lease of six bighas of land and bought two cows. Those who once ignored my husband now honour him and consult with him about different matters,” Ranibala said.
Three years ago Dholu became member of an organisation titled 'Kustho o Sadharan Protibandhi Unnayan Sangstha' and got loan facilities from there.
Dholuram has set a good example by overcoming physical challenge, said Sadikur Rahman Mondol, upazila social welfare officer.