Giving in to society's disapproval for anything out of the ordinary, a woman in Odisha's Ganjam--born with 20 toes and 12 fingers--has confined herself to her house.
Nayak Kumari, 63, says that her neighbours believe that she is a witch but there is nothing she can do to change her appearance.
"I was born with this defect and could not be treated because I belong to a poor family. The superstitious residents believe I am a witch and stay away from me," she said.
Nayak Kumari said she stays indoors most of the time to keep away from prying eyes.
"This is a small village and people here are superstitious. She has a medical condition but cannot afford the treatment," Nayak Kumari's neighbour said.
According to surgical specialist Dr Pinaki Mohanty, having 20 toes and 12 fingers is very rare.
"This is a case of Polydactyly, in which extra fingers are there from birth. This is caused by a mutation in genes. Polydactyly is not that uncommon, around one or two people in every five thousand have extra fingers, he said.