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Manju Devi: Jaipur’s First Woman Coolie

  • IWB Post
  •  April 21, 2015


Manju Devi is a 35 yrs old widow with 3 kids. When her husband passed away, she looked for job and landed into North Western Railway where her husband worked as a coolie. The porter union applied on her behalf to the railway authorities and sought for a transfer of her husband’s porter license.Today she is a porter (coolie) at our very own Jaipur Junction. She has broken all kinds of stereotypes when she got her porter badge no. 15. The job which was always considered a man’s job is today very well carried by this woman. She says her male counterparts are very supportive and she is happy working as a coolie.

First thing she did was to design her own uniform, since there was no uniform made for women. Her uniform comprises a maroon shirt and a loose salwar and a stole to cover her head.

In one interview to the TV channel, Manju said: “I have no land, no money and I understand that I have to struggle to educate my two daughters and son. I have to stand alone so I took the hard decision and I am satisfied with this. Sometimes I earn Rs. 50, sometimes 100. And on some days, nothing at all; that’s when I get slightly tensed.’’

Such are the efforts of this woman, bravo. Team JWB is soon going to bring an exclusive coverage of her story talking about how this single mother is breaking narrow perceptions of our society while not letting anything stop her!

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