Rahul, 24, contracted polio at an early age. He can’t stand because of his defective legs and walks with his hands. He has carried his necessary documents and ‘mask’ in a plastic bag on his jaws in the distribution of disability aids donation function, an initiative of the Indian Red Cross Society Tehatta with the support of ALIMCO (Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India) at Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India on September 29, 2020. If he wears a mask during coronavirus, he will not be able to carry anything. People with disabilities (PWDs) are more susceptible to viruses like Covid-19 relative to others. Like “hand-washing” is a mandatory precaution, but PWDs face serious limitations to follow this practice frequently. Besides, there is a lack of public toilets for them. Most of the PWDs are largely dependent on the family or relatives. Many caregivers may be reluctant to provide their services as the coronavirus is highly contagious. Persons with intellectual impairment cannot be expected to practice or cope with self-isolation.
My name is Soumyabrata Roy. I am a Tehatta-based Photojournalist. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Sanskrit (2010-2013) language from ASUTOSH COLLEGE (University of Calcutta), India. Then I did a Diploma in Photography (2019) from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math (University of Calcutta) – Winning silver medal, Diploma with grade ‘A’ & rank 3rd in University. I am a present Freelance Photojournalist at NurPhoto Agency (L’Aquila, Italy) & Majority World Photo Agency, also working as a news video journalist for NurPhoto Agency Editorial Footage (Italy). I contribute Getty Images, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), and PA Images. I am one of the winners of the ‘Empowering women with sustainable energy’ photo contest organized by the European Union “EuropeAid-WOMEN-ENERGY” (Brussels). My photo published in BBC, Forbes, The Guardian, VICE, CNN, The Guardian, ABC News, New York Post, Al Jazeera English, Vox, NPR, DW اردو, Axios, The Sun, Fox29, The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph (UK), HuffPost UK, The Intercept, Metro, GQ México, L’Express, Business Insider, Courrier International, City Press, Financial Times, NBC News, The Hindu, New York Magazine, The Caravan Magazine, Science Magazine, Chemistry World (Royal Society of Chemistry), Mashable, Independent Arabia etc. I do not view myself as an artist, but rather I try to faithfully and aesthetically record the artistry, beauty, and tragedy found in the world. Most people in my state do not know the name of my region Tehatta. My goal is always to make my region known to the world.