The Kochi Post had recently published a story on the hearing-impaired model Sophia M. Joe. Throughout her life, she has faced various constraints.
Sophia, according to her parents, has excelled in whatever she tried her hands at and the only drawback that keeps her away from being a normal individual is that she can’t hear. She is an athlete, a model, dancer and a painter. This talented girl has also represented India at the Miss World Deaf and Dumb Contest. She is also the first deaf and dumb person in our state to have a driving license. These achievements mean a lot to a person who has competed with other children to win various awards, who are of her same age, and do not have any constraints like Sophia.
However, while all media houses are projecting bright days ahead for Sophia, the truth is that Sophia is finding it very difficult to live in Kerala, because she feels that our society will never accept people like her. Mr. Francis has more than one experience to prove it, which he shares with us.