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.
â€œMy three sons â€” Nanda Lal, Gopal and Kishan â€” who are under 15 years of age, have been sent to Kathmandu as domestic workers,â€ Bhagirathi told this daily.
â€œI could not send my sons to school,â€ she said. Of my four children, only a daughter is with me.â€
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.