Three young women fight poverty and pass the state judicial services exam

Three young women from unstable financial backgrounds – Renu Bala, Jasmeet and Manjot Kaur – passed the state examination for judicial services. They are among the bailiffs chosen by the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC).

While one is the daughter of a widowed MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) employee, the other two are the daughters of a roadside vendor and a small farmer respectively. A practicing lawyer and former head of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Gurinder Pal Singh, supported the three women by mentoring them.

Adv Gurinder Pal Singh said, “Every young person has the ability to thrive in life, and the only requirement is the right guidance and the right resources. These children are the ones we have chosen, and they have exceeded our expectations. There will be more soon.”

My mom didn’t give up, how could I? : Renu Bala

Renu Bala from a nondescript village of Moujdin in Sirsa district of Ellenabad region of Haryana was raised by her mother alone after her father died when she was just two years old. His mother supported the family by working as a farm laborer. She held her head high as she overcame all obstacles. Renu earned a degree in physics before continuing on a scholarship to study LLB and LLM, according to the India time.

Renu said, “We don’t have many girls in our village who have graduated from college or gone on to higher education because most of them are married at a young age. But my mother supported me and never gave up; how could I? also grateful to my maternal uncle and aunt for always encouraging me and letting me stay with them.”

Jasmeet, Manjot grateful for support from family and mentor

Jasmeet ranked 36th in the judicial exam. Her father is a roadside vendor and she is from Jalandhar in Punjab. After completing her studies, she graduated from a college in the city with a law degree. “My father’s wish has come true. The happiest people will be my parents. I will walk into my office with the uniform, which they will fix,” she said.

Manjot Kaur was Jasmeet’s senior in middle school. She hails from Dasuya in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. Daughter of a small farmer, she comes from a very modest family background, both financially and socially. She said: “He was the GP who mentored me and instilled confidence in me; it wouldn’t have been possible without his guidance.”

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Mark M. Gagnon