Give a brief life sketch of Laxmi Lakra.

Laxmi Lakra became the first woman engine driver for Northern Railways. Laxmi Lakra belongs to a poor tribal family in Jharkhand- She studied in a government school. She studied hard to get a diploma in electronics. She later took the railway board exam and passed it on her first attempt. She became the first woman engine driver for Northern Railways. In this manner, she defeated the stereotype that engine drivers could be men only. She says “I have challenges and the moment somebody says it is not for girls. I make sure I go ahead and do it”. Laxmi has had to do this several times in her life—when she wanted to take electronics, when she rode motorcycles at the polytechnics and when she decided to become an engine driver.

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