Conjoined twin electricians spark outcry in India after revealing they are paid ONE salary for their government job despite being two people
- Sohna and Mohna Singh were deserted by parents at two months old
- The twins, now aged 19, have worked as electricians over the last year
- Viewers of their interview have expressed outrage over their shared wage
Conjoined twins from Punjab, India, who were deserted by their parents and raised in a shelter, have revealed that they are only paid one salary between them.
Speaking in a YouTube interview with documentary filmmaker Ruhi Çenet, Sohna and Mohna Singh, aged 19, claimed that they earn just £200 a month.
The siblings appear to have changed their story from last year, when they said they were paid two separate salaries.
They have been employed as electricians by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited since last December, where they work 12-hour shifts looking after the supply control room.
Speaking to the Independent in 2021, the twins said: ‘We are thankful to the Punjab government for recognising our talent.’
However, viewers have expressed anger at finding out that the siblings share a wage.
One person commented: ‘If they have separate identities they should get two different checks.’
Another wrote: ‘One salary wage for two people? That’s making me angry.’
Viewers also praised the likeable personalities of the twins.
One post read: ‘May God bless Sohna and Mohna. These conjoined twins have one another through thick and thin.
‘No matter what happens, they’ve got each other’s backs. May they continue to be a great inspiration towards other people all across the globe. They’re surely humble and very down to earth.’
Another viewer wrote: ‘These two guys, no matter what hardships they are still able to handle and are still very kind. Send love.’
A third person added: ‘These two brothers are so cool. I wish them nothing but the best, and I hope they do everything they want in life.’
Another commented: ‘They completed electrical engineering and do a job to earn a living even in this condition. We see normal people complaining and blaming their situation. You both are truly an inspiration for all of us.’
The twins said in the interview that they want to get married to the same person after they have passed the age of 25.
They also admitted that they have shared love interests in the past.
The siblings have two hearts, kidneys and spinal cords, as well as two pairs of arms, but share a liver, gallbladder, legs and spleen.
They were born in June 2003 at Sucheta Kriplani Hospital in New Delhi.
Doctors decided against separating the twins, as it could have had fatal consequences for one of them, leading to vascular and neurological loss in the lower limbs of the surviving twin.
Sohna and Mohna were abandoned by their parents at two months old.
Medics then contacted the Pingalwara Charitable Society, a home for destitute children.
Teachers at the home saw that that the twins loved working with electrical appliances.
Sohna and Mohna followed their passion and obtained a diploma in electrical studies.
On gaining employment last year, Sohna said: ‘We will work hard with utmost sincerity and dedication.’
Mohna added: ‘We are deeply thankful to the Pingalwara institution that has raised us, educated us and helped us in becoming self-dependent.’