50-year-old Raji Ashok made waves by offering rides to females and the elderly at zero cost. Not only does she openly challenge the patriarchal norms of gender identity, but she also teaches us an important lesson in goodwill and empathy.
In a statement to ANI, the IRL superhero revealed, “I’m driving an auto for the last 23 years; offer free rides to girl students, and to elderly & women after 10 pm; also offer free rides to hospital in case of emergency.”
Tamil Nadu: Raji Ashok, an autorickshaw driver from Chennai, offers free rides to women & elderly— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2022
“I’m driving an auto for the last 23 years; offer free rides to girl students, and to elderly & women after 10 pm; also offer free rides to hospital in case of emergency,” she says pic.twitter.com/8gRoL62JuO
Twitter users were left awe-struck by her good-hearted spirit and showered her with support:
Things Raji Ashok Ma'm is doing will be helpful for women safety, atleast after 10pm, when at home parents will be concerned about their daughters return to home. For govt. School children, the girls can save some money for their books/material. Namaste 🙏 amma.— Praveen vaddepally (@Praveen_Writer) March 11, 2022
Kind of people we should celebrate.— Derek AB (@DAB_Derek) March 11, 2022
Good example for women empowerment .— Manikandan (@maniyuv1) March 11, 2022
Role Model of Society…— Sumit (@sumitgour73) March 11, 2022
More women drivers needed to solve the late night problem.— The Nocturnal (@nocturnalnkid) March 12, 2022
At a time, when not a lot of people are looking out for women and seniors, Ashok’s generosity comes as a beacon of hope towards a kinder, brighter future.