Girl without hands clears Punjab Civil Services exam


Kulwinder Kaur, who lost both hands in an accident at school, demonstrated the strength of her will by clearing the Punjab Civil Services exam on Wednesday. A resident of Ghagga village in Patiala, Kulwinder lost both her arms while operating the fodder cutting machine. She was a student of Class VII then. But she did not let it stop her from going for higher education, which is a first for her family.

I lost both my arms in my school days. Within a year, I learnt how to write with amputated limbs. I always dreamt of being a judge. I didn’t venture into legal practice even after completing my LLB and LLM course as I always aspired to be a judge. I prepared for the exam for two to three years after I passed LLM in 2011,” said Kulwinder, who credits her family with helping her pursue her dream.
“My father is illiterate and my mother has studied only till primary school. Both my brothers are graduates. They are into farming. Besides achieving my aim, my dream was to play a role in shedding the stigma associated with a handicapped and differently-abled individuals,” said Kulwinder, who cleared PCS (Judicial) in her third attempt.