Manju Foujdar (29) a police sub-inspector from Bharatpur is all set to get married on April 19, and it is her wedding card that is getting her due attention these days. A huge advocate for road safety, she has taken the courageous move of printing traffic rules on her wedding card. Her purpose is to spread awareness and sensitize people about the importance of road safety.
Lost her brother, father in a road accident
Manju recollects the horrific incidents that took away the lives of her father and brother years ago.
“I lost my father, Ishwar Singh, when I was only one-year-old. He died in a road accident. My younger brother, Devendra Singh, also died in a road accident in 2006 when he was only 17 years,” Foujdar told The HT.
“These two losses had a deep impact on me, and when I got an opportunity to serve in the (traffic) department, I decided to make people aware about traffic rules so that precious lives can be saved.”
Manju graduated from a government senior secondary school in Kumher in 2005 after which she did her graduation from the RD Girls College in Bharatpur. She then completed her Bachelors in Education in 2009 from the Mother Teresa College in Bharatpur itself.
After the death of her father, the responsibility of raising three kids fell on her mother's shoulders. “After my father’s death, the responsibility of raising my two siblings and me fell on my mother, but she never allowed our financial condition to be a roadblock in our education," the HT reported.
“I wanted to get a government job to share my mother’s burden, but my heart was always in the police department,” Foujdar said, adding that her father was a police constable.
Dream to become a Police Officer
She was always driven to join the police force and bring changes in society. She had experienced harassment several times by boys during her college years. By becoming an officer, she started working vigorously towards taking strict action in such cases. “Boys and men would pass lewd comments and I felt helpless,” she remembered. “Harassment sometimes becomes a reason for school dropout. I want women to study so that they can stand on their own feet,” said the police officer.
Nimisha is an intern with SheThePeople.TV