TN tribal woman writes PSC exam a day after giving birth, becomes judge

TN tribal woman writes PSC exam a day after giving birth, becomes judge
Sripathi V with her baby in front of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission office in Chennai. This photograph was shared by Tamil Nadu CM M K Stalin via X.

Chennai: A woman from a tribal community at Javadu Hills near Thiruvannamalai has beaten giant odds by taking part in the exams a day after giving birth and becoming a judge.

Sripathy V, 23, from Puliyoor village, has become the first judge from the community after this rare feat.

An LLB degree holder, Sripathy had applied for the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission’s (TNPSC) exams for the post of judge last month.

But the exams were slated to be held the day doctors expected her to give birth and she almost gave up her wish to appear for the exams.

But providence had other plans as the young woman gave birth a day before the expected date. After her pain subsided, Sripathy had second thoughts – she wanted to appear for the exams.

With the help of her husband and friends, she was taken to the exam centre and she wrote the exams defying her weak physical condition.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin shared her picture on social media platform X and posted: Sripathy (her feat) is Tamil Nadu’s answer to those who keep mum about social justice.

“I am happy to see that a tribal girl from an underprivileged village in the hilly region has achieved this at such a young age... Kudos to her mother and husband for supporting her success,” Stalin said.

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