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Women Porters Raipur Chattisgarh
Aug 31 2011 (10:51)
News Entry# 36312 Raipur’s Women Porters: Carrying 40 kg On Their Heads For A Better Life
Posted by: rdb*^ Added by: rdb*^ Aug 31 2011 (10:52)
As the train slowly chugged into Chhattisgarh’s Raipur station, my eyes beheld a scene I had never imagined to find in a state that is considered one of India’s least developed. A sari-clad porter was hurtling down the station with bags on her head. For a moment I was unsure whether she was indeed a porter. But then she most definitely was donning the signature red jacket and on her head was the rolled up piece of cloth porters use to cushion themselves from the heavy luggage they carry.Determined to find out more, I set out to meet this woman. And what a saga of determination and optimism her life turned out to be.Parasai Sahu, 36, works as a woman porter at the Raipur station in Chhattisgarh. Born and brought up in Rajnandgaon, the pleasant looking and always smiling Parasai Sahu, 36, studied till Class Ten. When she turned 18, her...