Sulekha was ill-treated and ignored in her family because she was not wise and beautiful. Since her childhood, everyone called her Bholi—the simpleton, when she was ten months old, she fell from the cot. Probably some part of her brain was damaged. She was ugly. When she had smallpox, her body was disfigured by pock-marks. She was devoid of the luxuries of life that her other brothers and sisters enjoyed. She wore clothes of others. She also used to stammer. Other children also made fun of her way of speaking. Her sisters were good looking and married off. Her brothers were sent to the city to study. She was sent to a primary school in their village, that also because of the reason that there was no scope for her to get married. Even then her mother protested against it.