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Ranchi schoolgirl hawking newspapers to study and support her family

A teenaged girl in Ranchi is setting up an example for school children all around by her enthusiasm to study despite all odds. She sells newspapers to earn a livelihood and support her education.

By Girija Shankar Ojha

Ranchi, May 10 : A teenaged girl in Ranchi is setting up an example for school children all around by her enthusiasm to study despite all odds. She sells newspapers to earn a livelihood and support her education.

At 15, Mamta Kumari, a standard eight student, has been hawking newspapers for the last five years in Ranchi's Chutia region.

She was seven, when her father, the sole breadwinner in the family, injured his leg in an accident. Her elder sister tried to share their father's burden, but quit after some time. Mamta then stepped in and offered to take up the work herself.

Though her father recuperated, Mamta has continued doing the job, as she wants to support her family, which consists of three siblings and her parents.

"When I was seven-year-old, my father suffered an injury in his leg and there was no one to distribute newspapers. My elder sister used to distribute papers, but she was very uncomfortable doing it. So, I proposed to take up the job. I did not feel shy, and since then, I have been distributing," said Mamta.

Mamta's father says he is proud of his daughter's achievements.

"I thought that even if she was a girl, she could do the work. I wanted that she should learn the importance of money and the hard work required to earn it," said Madan Prasad, Mamta's father.

Mamta's principal is proud of her too.

"We are satisfied because she completes her homework. She also works hard after school and, we hope that she will make her family and school proud," said Arvind Kumar, Principal, H.M. Public School. The school authorities have exempted her fees.

Mamta wants to become a doctor.

Everyday Mamta sells about 70 newspapers and earns at least rupees 200 (roughly five dollars) per day.

ANI

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