Kumari Nayak, 63, was born with polydactylism - a common abnormality at birth where the person has extra fingers and toes
Kumari Nayak, 63, was born with polydactylism – a common abnormality at birth where the person has extra fingers and toes (Picture: SWNS)

A woman born with 31 fingers and toes has spent her entire life hiding at home after being branded a witch by cruel neighbours.

Kumari Nayak, 63, has polydactylism – a common abnormality at birth where the person has extra fingers and toes.

With 19 toes and 12 fingers, Kumari enters the Guinness World Records for having the most digits in the world.

But she said her condition has plagued her for the entirety of her life and means she often feels forced to stay inside.

 
Kumari has faced shocking abuse from neighbours who call her a witch.

She does not have enough money to get medical treatment and claims cruel neighbours call her a ‘witch’ and avoid her in the street.

Kumari, from Ganjam district in Odisha, India, said: ‘I was born with this defect and I couldn’t be treated as we belonged to a poor family.

 

‘It has now been 63 years that I have had this condition.

‘The residents nearby, who are too much into blind faiths, believe that I am a witch and keep away from me. They sometimes come to see my condition – but never help.

‘I am forced to stay indoors as I am being treated differently which is not a nice way of treatment from my neighbours.’

One of her neighbours, who is aware of Kumari’s condition, said others in their ‘small village’ put too much belief in superstition.