Scores of women from the Northeastern states have come to Gurgaon in the past few years as the city offers ample employment opportunities to people. After completing her graduation, Kimy Khonzsai, 23, a native of Nagaland, came to the city to stay with her cousin in Sikandarpur village.
Khonzsai works at a jewellery store in a city mall. For her, an ideal day begins at 7am and ends after midnight. She works in an 11-hour shift and earns Rs 8,500 a month.
She lives in a room with two other girls, including her cousin and pays a rent of Rs 4,500 every month. For commuting to workplace, she spends more than Rs 300 a month.
“After spending on food and other necessary items, she is barely left with any savings at the end of the month. We cook rice and potato on most days and it is a feast if we can manage to buy a kilogram of chicken once a month,” says Kimy.
When asked why she still prefers to stay in Gurgaon, despite her wobbling financial status, than going back to her hometown, she says, “I can at least work respectably and support myself. At home, there are no jobs for simple graduates.”