"Earlier, I never bothered about earning a living, as I lived with my husband. But, circumstances forced me to separate from him. He used to harass and beat me regularly. I decided to leave him and start afresh in a new place. Now, I pull a rickshaw to make a living for myself. It is any day better than begging," said Sushma. Male rickshaw pullers of Baleshwar admired her grit and determination to be self-sufficient, that they have fondly nicknamed her as 'Big Brother'. "She works hard to feed her family. It is commendable," said Niranjan Pandit, a rickshaw puller.
This is not the first instance where a woman has stepped out of the confines of her household to make a living for herself by venturing into a male bastion.
India has witnessed a revolution in the field of women empowerment. Women have taken up professions like becoming auto drivers and managing a petrol pumps. Women are taking up professions dominated by men, to prove their mettle and also become breadwinners of their families.