Siddiqa Parvin, the 8ft Bengali girl from South Dinajpur district, is the ‘Tallest Indian Women’, available reports suggest so. Records available with Guinness Book of World Records indicate that 25-year-old Siddiqa should be declared as the ‘Living Tallest Woman of the World’. In January 2010, Yao Defen of China recorded an average height of 233.3 cm (7 ft 7 in). Earlier to this, another Chinese woman Zeng Jinlian was declared as the all time ‘Tallest Woman of The World’ with 8ft 1 ¾ inch height. She passed away in 1982.
Siddiqa is currently admitted in Balurghat Hospital for hormone treatment as she is suffering from irregular secretion of the somatotropic hormone from the pituitary gland. The 8 feet tall lady weighs 160 kgs at present. “Siddiqa is still growing,” said her mother Monsura Bibi and adding, “She was 7.6 feet four months ago when her weight was 140 kg. She has gained another 20 kg and grown four inches more.”
Daughter of a daily wage labourer, Siddiqa takes six kg of rice which is really tough for the family, her helpless mother admits. But, her recognition may keep her agony and troubles away, provided they can approach the Guinness Book of World Records authorities. Siddiqa’s continuing growth seems not to be abnormal as the Guinness Book notes about Defen, “There is evidence that suggests Defen may still be growing, as a portion of tumour remains on her pituitary gland, the organ that regulates the production of growth hormone. She is currently too ill to be re-measured.”
While Jinlian was considered as the tallest, Jane Bunford (26 July 1895 – 1 April 1922) was considered as the second tallest woman with 7 feet 11 inch height at the time of her death. According to Guinness Book, Sandy Allen of Indiana State of the United States appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records since 1976 to 2008 when she died, as the tallest woman in the world. She was 7' 7¼ " (232 cm).
According to available information about tall Indian women, one Babita is the ‘Tallest’ with her 7 feet height. Earlier to her, Tiliya, an Indian eunuchcoidal giantess of 7 feet 5 inch height was considered as the tallest Indian woman. There is an unconfirmed claim that Tiliya was the tallest woman of the world at her time. But, Tiliya as well as Babita remained enigmas. Though Babita’s photo is available on web, but there is no definite information about her.
Information is also available about one Indian woman, Svetlana Singh with 7 feet 2 inches height. Apart from Svetlana Singh, former basketball player of India Gitika Srivastava, with her 6' 11" (211 cm) height was once considered as the tallest. But, Siddiqa surpassed all and is a serious contender for the title of the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’.