Sheela Devi earned around Rs 600 daily driving her Pink Auto around the city since 2013. She sent her three children to top private schools in Ranchi, paid for their extra classes, shared the house rent burden with her labourer husband and dared to dream of a happy life from her gradually rising income from the autorickshaw.
But the 35-year-old's dream run came to a halt three days ago. Her women-only Pink Auto, along with several others, has been taken off the road for fear of police action as it has been running illegally without government permit.
"I am in trouble because I have earned no money for the last three days. I even find it difficult to pay fees of my children," said Sheela Devi.
She took a loan of Rs 15,000 from her friends to pay the admission fees and other educational requirements of her children. "I thought I could pay back by driving," she said.