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First Pakistani lady drives Auto Rickshaw for her Orphan Daughter

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.

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