Gita Devi Yadav of Virat Nagar, Kanpur had to face severe stigma from her family for not being able to deliver male heirs. She was tortured and abused by her husband for giving birth to three daughters instead of giving birth to more male children. But with the results of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) being published her eldest daughter made her proud by cracking the toughest examination of the country.
Gita was only able to study till 5th standard due to her family’s financial problems but she always understood the value of a quality education. Even after her separation from her abusive husband she worked several jobs only to provide proper education for all her three daughters and her son. From the very beginning Gita decided to educate her daughters so that they would be her strength and not her weakness as it is only through education that one can bring a crucial positive change to their environment.
Gita’s efforts bore fruits when her eldest daughter Pooja Agnihotri, living with her husband in Ghaziabad called to inform her that she has cracked the IAS. It was actually her husband’s dream to see her become an IAS officer as told by Pooja. She is at present in the reserved candidate list and the training schedule is yet to begin. Pooja considers her mother to be her best guide and teacher for which she was able to crack such a tough examination. With Pooja’s hard work and her mother’s support it is seen that with proper education one can achieve almost anything without gender being a bar.