LUCKNOW Remember Edgar Allan Poe’s immortal strains — ‘Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see’? His quote aptly summarises the story of Lucknow’s ‘mystery’ burqa girl, whose pic carrying a Swiggy bag went viral on social media platforms on Sunday.
It all began when somebody clicked a pic of a burqa-clad girl, who was carrying a Swiggy bag, on the highway resulting in metropolis’s Nadwa College. As the photograph — apparently taken from a window — was uploaded to the web, netizens began showering reward upon the girl for her dedication and exhausting work. Some even claimed that the picture was faux and created with AI. However, nobody may make out who the girl was as the pic was taken from behind and didn’t present her face.
As is usually the case, the evaluation individuals rapidly produced from the pic was solely half true (simply as Edgar famously mentioned). The girl positively deserves reward for working exhausting to supply for her household however she isn’t any meals supply agent. 40-year-old Rizwana is definitely a home assist, who works in a number of homes in the Daliganj space.
“I work as a maid in people’s houses in the morning and evening and manage to earn ₹1,500. I also work as a hawker and sell disposable glasses and clothing at little businesses and stalls in the market in the afternoon. I receive ₹1-2 per packet. In all, I make about ₹5,000- ₹6,000 every month. The money keeps the fire in my kitchen burning,” mentioned Rizwana.
A Janata Nagari Colony resident, Rizwana is a mother of 4 — 22-year-old Lubhna, 19-year-old Bushra, seven-year-old Nashra, and youngest son Md Yashi. Lubhna is married and lives with her in-laws close by. The different youngsters dwell with Rizwana in a 10X10 room.
When requested about her Swiggy bag, Rizwana mentioned, “I needed a strong bag to keep disposable glasses and cups. So, I bought it for ₹50 from a person selling it at the Daliganj bridge. Since then, I have been carrying my stuff in this bag. I don’t work for Swiggy. I walk to the market for work carrying all my goods in this bag. I cover about 20-to-25 kms every day.”
Nevertheless, the false impression on the web ended with heart-warming outcomes for Rizwana. “A shopkeeper showed me the pic and told me how it has gone viral. Following this, a person came to meet me and asked for my bank details. Since the incident, I have received help from a few other people as well.”
This assist issues a lot to Rizwana as she has been elevating her youngsters on their lonesome. Her husband, who she married 23 years in the past, left dwelling for good with none warning or discover. He was a rickshaw-puller however after his rickshaw received stolen one day, he began begging. “It has not been easy. People even mocked me but I had to work for my family. I used to feel bad in the beginning but now, I have become used to it,” says Rizwana.