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Bhopal Welcomes Its First Female Auto-Driver

Written By Diyali Banerjee | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Breaking all social stereotypes, Talat Jahan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh became the first woman to take up auto driving as a profession
  • Jahan first took up the wheels two months ago after undergoing proper training in 2016

The state of  Bhopal recently welcomed their first female auto-driver. Breaking all social stereotypes, Talat Jahan, a resident of Madhya Pradesh became the first woman to take up auto driving as a profession in the state. In search of her identity, Jahan first took up the wheels two months ago after undergoing proper training in 2016 along with her mother, Firoza B. With a daily income of Rs. 400 to Rs. 500, the mother-daughter duo sustained a living and also saved money for future. Over the years they managed to gather enough money to buy an auto of their own.

Talat Jahan has now become an inspiration for the women in her society. Taking the bold step towards woman empowerment, she extended a strong message that no profession is restricted to gender. Extending a strong message against gender inequality and social discrimination Jahan said that people should stop thinking that women can't do anything, they are capable of executing every possible job and should not be underestimated. Moreover, she has appealed to the public to encourage their girl child to be independent and make a career of their own.

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"It's been two months since I started driving an auto. I underwent training in 2016. People have to stop thinking that women can't do anything. We are capable of doing every possible task and shouldn't be underestimated," Jahan told ANI.

Meanwhile, Firoza, Jahan's mother, said, "Whenever someone comments on a girl driving the auto, I take it in a positive way that maybe they haven't seen any girl do this before and a sense of pride engulfs me. Also, I do this because I like my work and not because I don't have any other option." ANI reports.

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Describing their daily life, Firoza said that both she and her daughter went for a 15-day auto-driving training along with other women. Jahan leaves at 8 in the morning and comes back around 7 in the evening. Talking about how she is often questioned about letting her daughter go out for such long hours, she added, "I am proud of my daughter. Whenever people question me of allowing her to drive an auto and show concern for her safety, I shut them up by saying that an accident can happen inside the house as well."

The news of the achievement of the mother-daughter duo has reached up to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who widely lauded the both of them for taking up the initiative. In fact, he was the one who handed them the vehicle's key and hopped in for a ride. 

Jahan, who has been a victim of domestic violence and dowry abuse, now proudly drives around the city. She is currently the only woman auto driver in the state. 

 

Watch ANI's video on the same:

 

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