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Teen Turns To President For Help In College Exam Dispute
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 18, 2006

SAMBALPUR, INDIA--Susmita Haro is not yet ready to take "no" for an answer.

Earlier this month, the 18-year-old, who scored highest in her tribal category on her college entrance exams, was refused admission to the VSS Medical College after its doctors determined that she had an "87 percent disability" because of polio she contracted years ago.

Two months earlier, however, the chief district medical examiner in her hometown had examined her and determined that she had a "65 percent disability".

The Supreme Court ruled recently that prospective students could only be admitted to a medical college if the extent of their physical disabilities is less than 70 percent.

So Haro decided to go to the top: She has written a letter to India's President, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam, asking for him to intervene "so that I can get justice".

"My career has been spoilt due to misleading reports regarding my disability percentage," Haro wrote.

"How can the percentage of the disability increased within such a short period of time?" she asked.

Indo-Asian News Service did not indicate on August 5 whether Haro has yet received a reply from President Kalam.


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