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Dharmendra Singh: Meet India’s tallest man – who says his 8ft 1in frame is stopping him finding love

At 8ft 1in tall, Dharmendra is half a foot loftier than beanpole footballer Peter Crouch – but he fears his height is making it “impossible” for him to find a girlfriend

Standing 8ft 1in tall, Dharmendra Singh is head and shoulders above most men.

But sadly for India’s tallest man, that doesn’t apply to dating.

Dharmendra, who is only two inches shy of the world record, reckons his colossal height is the reason why he is struggling to find love.

The 32-year-old, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, said: “In terms of marriage, the main problem is my height. It will be very difficult to find someone who is tall enough for me. I think it is impossible.



 

“So this is also the reason why I haven’t had a girlfriend.

“Women are very much interested in me. They talk to me and giggle but I have never met anyone who I could look up to.

“In college I was a very shy person. Like other boys, I never approached girls to have a chat. I had great respect for them but never met the woman of my dreams”.

 

Women trouble aside, Dharmendra’s height has also made it hard for him to find paying work.

He said: “Whenever I went for interviews for jobs, people asked how will do the work if I was so tall.”

Reluctantly, he took up work as a freakshow performer at a local amusement park, where he spends his days in a cage-like structure selling photographs to paying punters for 10p-a-pop.

“After completing my studies, when I could not get a regular job, I got an offer saying that I will be paid 30p per day at the amusement park,” he said.

“I charge 10p for one picture. Some people pay, some run away without paying. I get hurt when people run away without paying me.”

Dharmendra also gets a monthly salary of 10,000 rupees (£100) on which he lives.

“With that kind of money, I manage by life,” he added.

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When Dharmendra is travelling to fairs, he is accompanied by his nephew, Ravi.

His close relative said: “When I got back from school, Uncle Singh used to get me chocolates and other goodies. I was very fond of him.

“I used to be amazed at his height. My friends used to come home and say they had seen anyone like him before.”

While most of Dharmendra’s family are a normal height, his maternal grandfather was 7ft 3ins, suggesting his size could be genetic.

As a child he was always taller than his peers and was often bullied in his youth.

He said: “I was ill-treated by many people who would call me names like ‘giraffe’ or ‘camel.’

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When Dharmendra is travelling to fairs, he is accompanied by his nephew, Ravi.

His close relative said: “When I got back from school, Uncle Singh used to get me chocolates and other goodies. I was very fond of him.

“I used to be amazed at his height. My friends used to come home and say they had seen anyone like him before.”

While most of Dharmendra’s family are a normal height, his maternal grandfather was 7ft 3ins, suggesting his size could be genetic.

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As a child he was always taller than his peers and was often bullied in his youth.

He said: “I was ill-treated by many people who would call me names like ‘giraffe’ or ‘camel.’

Nevertheless, he says being super tall is not all doom and gloom.

He said: “I feel great when people look at me and get happy. I make their day. They want to know about me and get photos clicked. I am immensely popular and it is all because of my height.”

But Dharmendra says his height is taking a toll on his body.

“I few months back, I had fractured my hip bone. I got myself treated in Delhi. I have a plate in my hip, and I have to bear pain because of it. I have to use a stick for support,” he said.

If Dharmendra had a full time job, he might have found a girl but with his irregular income and deteriorating health no one is ready to walk down the aisle with him.

 510EmYH7lXL._SL75_One of the regular visitors at the fair, Mohammad Iftikar, said: “I was in absolute shock when I saw Singh for the first time. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. I thought this was some trick.”

Back at the amusement park, an advertisement invites people to meet Dharmendra – comparing him to an electricity pole and claiming that he eats 25 eggs for breakfast and drinks 25 litres of milk a day.

Dharmendra’s neighbour, Suman, said: “Neighbours used to talk a lot about his height as they had never seen someone like him before but he never paid any heed to what people said. He was always a very optimistic and cheerful person.

 




 

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