Ragpicker girl Bano Shaikh becomes nurse after great struggle in life

ragYavatmal (Maharashtra): A woman, who started in life as a ragpicker following the death of her father when she was just three years old, has set an example of what grit and determination can do by becoming a nurse.

She is now all set to get married on October 2 in the presence of senior politicians. Banu Sheikh Safi, a resident of Ravidas Nagar, lost her father when she was only three. Along with her mother and younger sister Kshama, she started ragpicking on the streets of Yavatmal city to earn their livelihood.

Both sisters used to walk on the city streets carrying gunny bag and collected waste items and sold it to scrap merchants. However, even while doing the job, they did not ignore their education and studied till class XII before joining the Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery (ANM) course in the Government Medical College, Yavatmal.

After completing their course, Banu, in her early 30s, is now working as nurse in a public health centre while her sister opted out of it and preferred to remain with their ailing mother.

Shabbir Khan, a tailor from Rui (Wai) village in the district is set to marry her on October 2 in a ceremony at Yavatmal, social worker and organiser of the function Dr Prakash Nandurkar said.

Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, Maharashtra Minister of State for Energy Madan Yerawar, MoS for Revenue Sanjay Rathod, zilla parishad president Aarati Fuphate, MP Bhavana Gawali, MLC Manikrao Thakre, District Collector Sachindra Pratap Singh, and others are likely to bless the couple at the wedding ceremony, Nandurkar said.

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