India’s first and only licensed fisher-woman, Rekha Karthikeyan, has achieved this feat after challenging many social norms and beliefs
India’s first and only licensed fisher-woman, Rekha Karthikeyan (45) from Chavakkad, Kerala, has achieved this feet after challenging many social norms and beliefs. Photo: Midhun V
Rekha got married at 18 against the wishes of her family. She and her husband were forced to move to the coastal area, where they eventually settled. They have four daughters. Photo: Midhun V
She goes to work on a small fibre boat with two old engines — which is not the safest option as it could fail anytime. But she remains undaunted even when the Arabian Sea is rough. She believes the sea is her mother and will protect her against all odds. Photo: Midhun V
Recalling the first time she set sail with her husband, Rekha says, “I was really scared, and very uncomfortable. I vomited so much that blood came out of my mouth. I couldn’t eat anything properly. Yet, the next day, I was motivated to go again.” Photo: Midhun V
Rekha is not from a fish-working family, and says that she doesn't even know how to swim. Photo: Midhun V
Her job can be tough and demanding. But whenever she finds a good catch, she shares it with the rest of the community as she believes this will help her in the long run. Photo: Midhun V
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