India’s First Woman Coolie Joins The Likes Of Aishwarya Rai At The Rashtrapati Bhavan

The porter trade in India has always been male-dominated. The concept of female coolie was unheard of, but now that has all changed. Manju became the first woman coolie of India.

Belonging to Rajasthan she works at Jaipur Railway Station. She holds the badge number 15 which was also held by her late husband. The death of her husband and the burden of feeding three children made her take the tough route of joining the workforce. She moved to Jaipur and despite all the naysayers, she joined as a porter at the railway station, following her husband’s footsteps.


She was invited at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with 90 other women achievers to be felicitated by the President Ram Nath Kovind.

While addressing the audience there, Manju said:

“I weighed 30 kilograms and the passengers’ luggage was also 30 kgs but it was nowhere to the burden of feeding three children. After the death of my husband, I had to feed them. My brother asked me to come to Jaipur and look for something.”

The other women felicitated included Deepa Malik (Paralympic medalist), Bachendri Pal (first woman to reach Mount Everest) and Aishwarya Rai. The event celebrated the first women milestones.



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