A pensioner has stepped forward with a big claim – that he is the world’s shortest man.
Mr Dangi says he has always been ashamed of his height but his life could be on the verge of changing if he gets official recognition in the Guinness Book of Records.
Dangi, who lived in a village called Reemkholi, a few hundred miles from Kathmandu,
says his height has meant he has been laughed at in freakshows and spurned by women.
Dangi, who has five brothers are all normal height, hopes to receive recognition to make up for the years of hardship.
He said: ‘I think things will be better now. I hope that I will be famous all over the world. I want to visit foreign countries and meet people from around the world.’
The cause of Mr Dangi’s height problem has not been diagnosed but it is suspected that he suffers primordial dwarfism which begins in the womb.
Experts from the Guinness World records travelled toNepalto measure the man.
He claims to weigh just 12 kilos.
The current record is held by Filipino Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93 centimetres.
He claimed the title last year from Khagendra Thapa Magar, 18, whose height is 67 centimetres.
The shortest to have ever lived was Gul Mohammed fromIndiawho measured 57cm when he died at age 40 in 1997.