First Pakistani lady drives Auto Rickshaw for her Orphan Daughter
As I was driving through Delhi last spring, I spotted a rare sight: A woman in a bright white tailored suit driving an auto rickshaw, one of Delhi’s ubiquitous three-wheeler vehicles. I immediately jumped out of my car, ran over to her, and got her phone number. Just a few days later, I spent the day filming Sunita Chaudhary, one of the city’s only female auto rickshaw drivers.
55,000 auto rickshaws cruise the city’s crowded streets, and it’s traditionally a man’s job to drive these vehicles. But, Sunita Chaudhary has never been the type to follow traditions.
“I’ve never cared about what society thinks,” she said. “You can’t feed yourself if you follow society.” Chaudhary’s conservative family didn’t approve of women working outside the home. So, she left her hometown more than a decade ago, and came to Delhi.