Ju0026K: the mother of Haryana, 49, is flying in the vertiginous heights of the valley

SRINAGAR: A decade and a half after he learned to fly in Florida, the tiny Sunita Kumari from a small town still feels it's like a dream.

The sexist comments he once faced in the town of Rasoolpur, very patriarchal and gender biased, in Haryana did not deter her. Nor does the job of running from one pillar to another, looking for work.

A mother of two adult daughters, Sunita is now aboard the Eurocopter AS 350 B3, a six-seater Pawan Hans helicopter, while flying paramilitary officials (CRPF) and police, as well as civilians in need of medical emergencies.

Since August 5, when the states of Jammu and Kashmir were organized and mobile and Internet services were suspended, Sunita, 49, completed 43 days of flight.

Can you imagine that I was teaching science two decades ago in a school? However, after ten years of my marriage and teaching, I decided to learn to fly in the United States and look for work here in India. Will and determination can take you places. Here I am in the valley in the middle of all the action, with the main helicopter service in the country, she says.

Kumari agrees that flying in the Valley is a challenge, but insists that the helicopter has landed Mount Everest Safely, you can fly anywhere. I just want to do difficult things in life. I want to inspire many women and girls in Haryana. If I can take a job here, then they can do anything to accomplish great tasks. No woman should feel helpless at any time. work, add.

His flight included landing in sensitive places and Baramulla and transporting civilians and tourists who need medical emergencies in Kokernag, Anantnag to Gurez, Baltal and Pahalgam.

I fly my twin-engine Squirrel helicopter with a co-pilot, but soon I will fly alone, he says with confidence.

The Haryana traveler says he has missed his family often in the past two months, sometimes due to lack of communication or prolonged flight, but the job responsibilities are prior to everything else.

I'm glad I grew up with a father who was serving in the LoC for a part of his life. I took the same attitude and passed to my two daughters, one of whom arrived at IIT Delhi and is now working. In a multinational. What fills my heart at the end of the day, when I proudly share my flying photos on Instagram, Sunita smiles.