Biratnagar, January 22:

She works day in, day out, but always finds it difficult to eke out a living for herself and her family.

Bhagirathi Majhi is the only woman rickshaw-puller among a crowd of over 6,000 rickshaw-pullers in the Biratnagar sub-metropolis. Owing to poverty, she is compelled to send her three children as domestic workers.

“My three sons — Nanda Lal, Gopal and Kishan — who are under 15 years of age, have been sent to Kathmandu as domestic workers,” Bhagirathi told this daily.

“I could not send my sons to school,” she said. Of my four children, only a daughter is with me.”

Nine-year-old Jyoti is studying in grade three in the Biratnagar Mills Area-based Bhattimod School.

Bhagirathi has been pulling rickshaw for the past six-and-a-half years. Her husband is suffering from cancer of the leg.

She said she earns Rs 200 daily. She pays Rs 30 every day to the rickshaw-owner.