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Breaking the convention

31 May, 2016 11:10:02

Travelling across the country, one would find different modes of vehicles driven by men of varying ages, but Bogra-Shariakandi Road offers a different picture -- a woman ferrying passengers on her CNG-run auto-rickshaw.

Thirty-two-year-old Nazma Khatun is the first female auto-rickshaw driver in the district. She entered into this entirely male-dominated profession on May 17 after having her own vehicle through bank loan and self-financing.

She had earlier irregularly operated rented auto-rickshaws on the same road for about five months. But now she proclaims herself as a proud owner of a vehicle and a fully-fledged transport worker.

"I used to work in a boutique shop before. I also worked for an NGO, which required bicycle rides to villages. The latter was tiring and both jobs lacked freedom," said the strong-willed woman.