Living in a patriarchal society has always been difficult for a woman but making your name in a male-dominated profession is one of the most daring things a woman can do!
Meet Mumtaz M.Kazi, who became the first woman in Asia to drive a diesel engine train and made her name in a male-dominated profession.
Since the age of 20, Mumtaz has been driving different types of trains. She manages local trains through India’s first and most congested railway routes.
Coming from an orthodox Muslim family, it wasn’t easy for her. Mumtaz applied for a Railways job in 1989. Mumtaz’s father, Allarakhu Ismail Kathawala, was a senior employee in the division. But he severely opposed her decision. However, she managed to convince her father and that helped Mumtaz follow her dreams.
In 1995, Mumtaz was featured in the LIMCA Book of Records as Asia’s first lady diesel locomotive driver. She is Married to an electrical engineer, Maqsood Kazi of Nandurbar, she has two children. In 2005, she was again honored with Railways General Manager Award.
This year, on International Women’s Day, the government listed her among the top seven women who were by the President. She has been awarded the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar by President Pranab Mukherjee.