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Girl in 'Hijaab' becomes India's first gatewoman of railways

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Published on 7 March 2016 12:41 PM GMT

Girl in Hijaab becomes Indias first gatewoman of railways
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Lucknow: The road to success is always under construction and the real ingredients of success lie within the person and not in the profile of job you are in . This is amply proved by India’s one and only gatewoman of the country Salma Beg whose foray into male bastion is a saga of grit and determination.

Salma was found on the top of the list when 'newztrack.com' decided to identify and pay regards to some self-made women on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

The circumstances may have played a crucial role in the life of Salma Beg to accept rather 'unconventional' post for a girl but she is undeterred. " Life is like a train, first you put it on track by sheer hard work and then the life will start running smoothly," she says with a smile.

The 22-year-old girl from Lucknow is currently posted at Malhaur railway station crossing of Indian railways as gatewoman, not an easy task even for her male counterparts. She opens and closes the gates when trains pass and she keeps smiling through out her duty time of 12 hours.

About Salma Beg

  • Salma is a graduate in humanities
  • She accepted this job to feed her family
  • Her mother was paralyzed and Father is partially Deaf.
  • She replaced her sick father in the job
  • Salma took up the job to support her family and allow her sisters to continue their studies.
  • Gatewoman has to do a strenuous 12-hour job at the crossing.
  • She feels pride as she is the only gatewoman of the country.
  • Salma came into the job in 2013

89e49e14-5e20-4669-8ada-285c1d6d1accThings were not easy to handle

  • "On the very first day of my job, people used to tease as how this young girl can do this kind of men's job," said Salma.
  • From her instructor to friends, they found the idea of working as a gate woman ridiculous.
  • They thought that a girl in 'hijab' could not carry this job.
  • My confidence made me the first gate woman in the country.
  • "Now people see me with respect and shower admiration," she adds with a smile.

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