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Activist tips to fight for rights

Social activist and lawyer Sudha Verghese shared her experiences of working with members of the Musahar community with students during an interactive session at Tarumitra Ashram on Monday.

The five-day session, that began on Saturday, was organised by non-profit organisation Dexterity School of Public Speaking, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.

Verghese, a resident of Jamsaut village in Patna, decided to come back to her native place in 1986, after completing her law course, to work for the downtrodden community in the village. Verghese motivated the people of the community to raise their voices on social issues. She said: “Once a motorist hit a person at my village and fled from the spot leaving the injured. The villagers came to me for advice and I told them that the motorist should have taken the injured person to the nearby government hospital. To teach him a lesson, we seized his two-wheeler until he agreed to pay for the hospital bills.”

Though the motorist threatened to file a PIL against her, he had to pay the hospital bills.

Verghese also shared her experiences of working at a construction site, where she was paid more than the people of Musahar community. She protested and finally the manager of the site had to accept her demand to pay equally to her co-workers.