Earlier, Pooja Devi, a mother of 3, received lots of support and appreciation after becoming the first female passenger bus driver in Jammu & Kashmir. Now, 21-year-old Banjeet Kaur from Udhampur district is receiving praise for driving an autorickshaw and supporting her family.
Yahoo News quoted her saying, “My father was a school bus driver but he lost his job as the schools remain closed due to COVID-19. He started driving auto-rickshaw but he was not able to earn sufficient. So I stepped-in. I am a second-year student and driving an auto-rickshaw is like a part-time job. We girls should be ready for every situation.”
21 year old Banjeet Kaur from Udhampur breaks societal barriers to become an auto driver in order to support her family after her father lost his job amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Her father Sardar Gorakh Singh added, “The girls can excel in every field. They can choose their profession depending on their will. After I lost my job during the lockdown, my daughters [Banjeet and her sister Davinder Kaur] asked me to teach them to drive auto-rickshaw. I supported them.”
The Assistant Regional Transport Officer (ARTO) of the area, Rachana Sharma, has initiated a ‘Girls can drive’ campaign and is training many others. Kudos to Banjeet, her sister, and all the other girls who are smashing stereotypes!