Highway Tales: For Bhopal's Tabassum, being in the driver’s seat gives the ultimate kick
For Bhopal's Tabassum Ali, 25, driving a truck may not be a big deal, but for the common man on the street watching a woman driving a truck definitely is not a common sight.
But that does not stop Tabassum Ali, a resident of Jabalpur, from doing what she loves the most — being in the driver’s seat.
"I am treated as 'alien' whenever I go with loaded trucks to different cities. People come to me and click my pictures. The day I got a heavy vehicle licence and drove the truck, people came to see me and I felt like a celebrity. I see a positive change in the society as people appreciate my effort," she says.
But, she feels, it’s still hard for them to believe that a woman can do anything.
"I always wanted to do something different. After completing my graduation, I started preparing for the civil services but suddenly my mother fell ill. I chose this profession to support my family," she says.
"My mother is suffering from nephrological problem due to which my father couldn't work. Now, I and my brother are the bread-earners of the family," she adds.
"This profession not only gave me a different way of living life but also taught me that every work is alike. My family supports me," she says.
"Now, I fall in love with roads and highways. People used to call me awkward names and passed lewd comments but this profession has made me bold enough to deal with such things,” she proudly says.
“I have made myself strong enough to keep safe but still there are many women and girls who can’t deal with such problem so I wanted to be a woman cop to fight for women. I wanted to work with Nirbhaya team,” said Ali.
People in Kashmir valley and the Jammu division are facing sweltering heat and are in the hope of a drop in temperatures as the weather department has predicted the arrival of monsoons in the next two days, the weather department said on Wednesday. All the major weather observatories of the union territory, particularly Kashmir, recorded above-normal temperatures by 2 to 3.5 degrees C on Tuesday.
Three men and a woman were booked on murder charges for allegedly running over a tractor on a father-son duo and two others over a land-related dispute in Kesari village of Saha block, Ambala Police said on Wednesday. Their relatives, Tejinder and Jagmohan also received injuries in the incident. As per the FIR, the accused are Gurtej Singh, Gurmail Kaur, Prem Singh and Jagjeet Singh.
The Ladakh UT administration has thrown open helicopter service for tourists visiting the region known for its natural beauty. “The first batch of tourists availed heli-service in Ladakh as the administration opens the service for tourists and visitors, in general,” said an official spokesperson. The administration has opened the services with two choppers, a five-seater B-3 chopper and a larger Mi-172.
The state government is committed towards modernising and strengthening the police force to ensure professional and effective policing, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said on Wednesday. He was virtually inaugurating and laying stones for 43 projects of the police department worth ₹160 crore from Shimla on Wednesday. He also announced upgradation of Police Post, Sanjauli, to police station. He said last year the state government had provided 394 vehicles to the police department.
Two bike-borne men were arrested with 151g heroin in Sector 17 on Wednesday. The accused Tarun of Yamunanagar and Lakhwinder of Ambala were in possession of 101.5g and 50g of the contraband, respectively. Cell in-charge Rakesh said, “The accused had recently returned from abroad and had rented an accommodation in Sector 17. They were on their way to deliver drugs to Mustafabad, when they were arrested, following a tip off.”