25/10/2012 10:40 BST | Updated 25/10/2012 14:35 BST

Zeenat Bi, Indian Woman Claims She Is World's Oldest Dwarf, Aged 113 (PICTURES)

An Indian pensioner who says she is 113-years-old is staking a claim as the world's oldest dwarf.

Zeenat Bi has Government pension records stating she is 101 - but she insists she is twelve years older.

The current record holder, according to Guinness World Records, is Lowell Deforest Mason, who was 74-years-old as of February this year.

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Zeenat Bi has government documents that say she is 101 - but she insists she is 12 years older

Challenger Zeenat, who stands proud at three feet tall, has earmarked a wish list of things she wants to do before she dies - including meeting Bollywood star Salman Khan and taking part in the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

Zeenat, of Bhopal, remembers when the British still ruled India and nawabs (Indian Princes) still held a major influence over daily life.

Zeenat said: "I am so old that I have seen this city grow up with me. I remember during the British times, this entire city was almost a jungle. There were trees as far as the eye could see.

"I even remember when the British introduced English bread in the city for the first time. It was such a sensation, it was nothing like people had eaten before."

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Zeenat with Professor Amir Mehboob (left) and Dr. Raza Durani (right) inside her guardian's home

Zeenat has outlived all of her family and never married.

Despite suffering from cataracts and a calcium deficiency, Zeenat manages to survive on her only source of income, a government pension of rupees 275 per month (£3.19).

She said: "I have been living alone for almost 50 years now. I never married and never had kids.

"All I have got is a small bed that was gifted to me by the former Chief Minister of the state, Uma Bharti. She used to send me Rupees 2500 (£30) every month. But no one remembers me now."

Her guardian, Abrar Muhammad Khan, said: "No one in the Government even cares for her. All people use her for is exhibition purposes, but no one really cares for her."


Zeenathas been living rent-free with Abrar Khan and his family for 20 years.

"She is like my mother and a part of my family. We don’t let her do any work around the house," he says.

Zeenat says her one love in life is eating "Paan", a preparation of Betel leaf with Areca nut and tobacco. "I can live without food, but not without my Paan," she says.

She wistfully revealed: "I only have three teeth left now in my mouth. Once I used to have a beautiful set."

One of Zeenat's remaining ambitions is to meet Indian movie star and philanthropist, Salman Khan.

She said: "I am huge fan of his. I have seen all his films. It would be nice if I can meet him because he is a nice human and helps people who are in need."

But her greatest wish is to perform Haj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca before she dies.

She explained: "I want to visit Mecca for Haj, but its too expensive for me. It costs too much money and I have no one who can accompany me and take care of me."