‘Dr. Roshan Jahan Shaikh’ who lost both her legs in a train accident at the age of 16, in Mumbai, while she was going back home from college after her semester exam in the year 2008.
She was 89% disabled when she wanted to take admission in medical college; despite being from an economically weaker background, she fought the legal battle to study.
She has bagged around 50 awards and trophies.
Dr Jahan, a motivational speaker and is infusing confidence in physically challenged people.
She fought a legal battle and was instrumental in getting the rules for physically challenged people modified.
Dr Jahan’s father, Jawad Ahmed, is a vegetable cart vendor, mother is a homemaker, and four siblings. “
Her parents hail from Azamgarh, UP. She was born in Mumbai only in 1992.
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The unfortunate incident happened on October 7, 2008 when she was going back home from Bandra to Jogeshwari in Mumbai local train after writing her exam. “I fell from the running local train. I was in the first coach and the remaining 12 coach ran over her legs. She was conscious and managed to clutch the other railway track to save her whole body from coming down the running train. No one pulled the chain to stop the train.”
She said that she was lying on the track between two stations bleeding heavily. “People did rush but just remained a silent spectator. I begged them to at least inform my family, but no one came forward. Later, someone called my family and thereafter, I got medical help from the Railways.”
Dr Roshan is all praises for ortho surgeon Dr Sanjay Kantharia. “He performed all my surgeries and has been my mentor and guide till now. After discharge, I did not skip my exam and went to college on wheelchair with my mom and passed Class 11 and 12 with good marks. Meanwhile, I got prosthetics (artificial limbs) and learnt to walk with them.”
Legal battle for to become a Doctor…
With a dream to become a doctor, she cleared Common Entrance Test (CET) for medical with flying colors in 2011 and with third rank in Maharashtra under physically handicapped quota. During the admission process, she was given 99% disability certificate while the eligibility criteria were between 40% and 70%.
“I was denied admission because of my disability. My doctor suggested me to seek judiciary’s help. Advocate VP Patil filed a case against Maharashtra Medical Board and two judges bench gave the order in my favor. I got admission in MBBS program in Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai in August 2011 and passed it in 2017 in first class,” she says.
For post-graduation, she cleared NEETPG-2018 entrance test with 3rd rank all over Maharashtra under physically handicapped quota but again hit the roadblock due to her disability.
“This time I took out MP Kirti Somaiya’s help. He spoke to Union Health Minister JP Nadda about my passion. Within 2 days, he took a historic decision and changed 20 years old clause for the disabled people.
Becomes a Motivational Speaker
After winning the case in high court and getting admission in MBBS, everyone appreciated her determination to fight for her rights. “Schools and colleges started inviting me to share my journey, motivate students and infuse positivity in others. She has been selected for TED Talks too.
She has bagged 50 awards and trophies including…
- Women’s Day Award at Bombay High Court,
- Shoorveer Award,
- Bharat Prerna Award,
- Maharashta Times felicitation,
- Urdu Sahitya Academy award and many more.
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