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Monday, July 4, 2011

OFFBEAT: Women defy stereotypes, drive tractors!


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Express News Service Last Updated : 04 Jul 2011 10:58:07 AM IST.

COIMBATORE: An urban woman driving a sleek car is a common sight, but a woman driving a tractor does make heads turn. As many as 45 women from the rural belt of Coimbatore have surprised one-and-all by driving roaring tractors to plough the fields. These women are all set to change the profile of women in this conservative city.
The women, in the age group of 25-33 and hailing from Pollachi, were trained in driving tractors by the Mahindra Tractor company. Over 500 women have licenses for tractors and 14 actually own these vehicles in Tamil Nadu.
Interestingly, in a particular incident, a woman drove her ailing grandmother to the hospital one late night in a tractor, as no alternate transport was available.
P Vallinayagi, 30, first heard about the training programme through her Panchayat leader. She initially rebuffed the idea.
“How could women drive tractors, and why do women actually need to get trained in such skills?” was her first reaction. But after she actually attended the three-day training programme, her mindset changed completely. “Being behind the wheels of a tractor is not easy. But it’s a rejuvenating feeling, as one breaks into the so-called male domain.”

This proves that no domain is sole male preserve!

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