The community has handed the family an ultimatum: Forget the job or be ostracised for 60 years. Quitting the job is not an option for Pinki.
Repeatedly ill-treated by her husband, she had returned home to her parents. But her father Budhulal Rajak, who has a small cycle repair shop, already has three daughters, a son and wife to support.
After endless rounds of offices, Pinki finally got this job.
Then the community struck — notwithstanding Budhlal’s position as a regional secretary of the samaj. Pinki’s husband Kapil Dev was told that he would not be allowed to live with her till she quits the job.
“No one can live without money. Why should the caste system be tied to employment now?” said Pinki. Her family stands solidly behind her. “Instead of appreciating her efforts, the community is bent on punishing us,” said Budhulal. “Pinki should not quit the job,” said her mother Rambai.
But they are yet to gather courage to lodge a complaint with the police. “We are looking for a compromise,” said Budhulal. The police are reluctant to intervene. “How can we take action without a complaint?” Koriya SP Abhishek Pathak asked.