Jhansi Rani Panda, A 19 years old girl from Baripada district of Odisha drives an auto-rickshaw to tide over financial crisis in her family and pursue her higher education.
Jhansi Rani, is a student of Arts in MPC (Junior) College, resides at Gaudadiha in Shanti Nagar under Baripada Muncipality along with her parents and siblings.
Jhansi's two elder sisters are graduates and younger brother is studying in Class IV.
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The auto-rickshaw was gifted by a relative and after training for a month, i started ferrying passengers, Jhansi said.
Jhansi drives nearly 20 kms a day from 3 pm to 6 pm after college hours. Jhansi said 'i face a lot of teasing and male counterparts pass comments everyday but i manage with my strong determination.'
Apart from parents, landlord Chittaranjan Mohapatra (a bank employee) and Arun Dutta (lecturer) supported me a lot, she said.
Have a grand solute for this brave girl 'Jhansi Rani'....