After her father’s sudden death, a young woman from Karachi has taken on the task of embracing a male-dominated profession of driving an auto-rickshaw to support her family to confront rising prices and unemployment.
Alisha Abdul Jameel, a native of the city’s Drigh Road neighborhood, is the youngest of her sisters and wants to honor her late father’s desires by defying societal norms. Abdul Jameel, a rickshaw driver without a son, taught his youngest daughter how to grab the bull by the horns.
“My father taught me how to drive his rickshaw when he was sick,” Alisha explained. “He wanted me to achieve his ambition of being a family breadwinner like a son… he wanted me to assume this role to enhance my family’s financial status,” Alisha told The Express Tribune.
She explained that after her father Abdul Jameel died, she had to care for her mother and sister, so she began driving the rickshaw a year ago, even though it interfered with her education.
Alisha claimed she lives in a two-room leased house in the Drigh Road area with her mother and an unmarried sister, while four of her sisters are married and live elsewhere.