CHITTAGONG: Asma Akter was born with a physical disability. But the limitation could not stop her step in the battle of life.
Having strong mental strength, Asma obtained post-graduation degree in management from Chittagong University (CU). Now, she is serving as a postal operator at Chawk Bazar Sub-Post office in the port city.Asma was not fortunate enough to combat the obstacles easily as her two other sisters among the total five are also bearing the same disability in leg.
Her father, a guard of a market, has also been suffering from the physical disability since birth.
Her mother, a Class-III employee of a clinic, fought much for developing the girls and giving them education with limited resources.
Asma said the society never behaved well with them since the beginning.
“Social environment is the main barrier to advancement of a woman. The persons with disabilities face more difficulties in this regard,” said Asma, adding, “they face physical harassment everywhere.”
“Qualification is not evaluated in this society. You are a disabled person, this is the only thing which will stop you everywhere,” she said.“Change in mindset of people is very much important and I hope the situation will be changed in future,” Asma said.
“I am lucky as my family didn’t consider it from this point of view which helped me to reach the stage,” she said putting up supports by family.
“Among the problems we face everyday communication tops the list. Footpaths, transports and establishments are not accessible for the persons with disability in our country,” she said.
“It is responsibility of government to make the footpaths and others fit for movement of people like me. Though complaint was lodged with different levels of the administration, none paid heed to this,” alleged Asma.
“I have to remain careful to avoid being victim of the broken slabs on footpaths everyday. A number of visually impaired persons sustained injuries due to the slabs,” she said.
“I found facilities developed by government for disabled persons in foreign country. It should also be there, said Asma.
Every woman will have to respect, love and trust herself to overcome the situation, observed Asma.