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MEET MANJU DEVI : FIRST FEMALE COOLIE OF INDIA

By Mukul Arora . 28th May 2018 07:30pm
MEET MANJU DEVI : FIRST FEMALE COOLIE OF INDIA

Porter number 15, this is what they call her. Meet Manju Devi who is India's first female coolie who's serving in the northwestern railway in Rajasthan's historic city Jaipur. She overcame all the odds of social norms and stood among 112 women achievers of India. Her husband Mahadev was a coolie at Jaipur station who served here under the label Porter number 15 he died 10 years ago. She had a long struggle in convincing the authorities. Manju stands tall in her fraternity being the first women porter in the northwestern railways choosing a profession which is known only for the males. After losing her husband all the responsibilities of her three teenage children came on her shoulders as there was no one to look after. She said that she faced a lot of challenges to do this but her mother Mohini stood strong with her. After a long struggle, she finally received her deceased husband Mahadev's porter number and started her job of moving luggage to the trains. Authorities told her that currently there are no women porters in the railway's department and it would be a difficult task for her but instead of going back she persisted to work as a coolie with her deceased husband's porter number. it took a while to get completely into this job and she even redesigned her own red kurta and black salvar for this. She works in multiple shifts to make a better life for her children. Devi is among those 112 women which are honored by Ministry of women and child development. The list includes names such as Nicole Faria, Mountaineer Bachendri Pal, Anshu Jamsenpa, missile woman Tessy Thomas and a private detective Rajani Pandit. On January the 20th she visited Rashtrapati Bhavan and honored by President Kovind for her bold move. She said: "I weight 30 kgs and sometimes I have to take luggage with 30 kgs of weight but it is not a burden for her as she has to feed her three children."


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