Meet Aswathy, who fought all odds to secure a job as border security guard


Kayamkulam: Aswathy (29), a native of Peringala, had fought hard to get hold of her life that was beginning to slip away. But, now, her determination and hard work have landed her a fabulous and well-paying job in the border guarding force. It was around one and a half months ago that Aswathy got an appointment as a constable in the Sashastra Seema Bal, an elite border guarding force along the Nepal and Bhutan borders.

Initially, she was posted in Bihar, guarding the India – Nepal border. Recently, she has been moved to the Kishanganj camp in the state. Aswathy who tied the knot at the young age of 20, separated from her husband after she had a baby.

The young woman who had completed a diploma course from polytechnic, thus began her struggle to earn a job so that she could live with her head held high. Even though she wrote the Public Service Exams regularly to secure a government job, she didn’t get through. She applied to the Staff Selection Commission’s test for appointment to the border guarding force when she was 25 years old. Her confidence shot up after she passed the written test. Aswathy had to undergo a physical test, which was quite difficult. She had to run for one and a half kilometre in under 7 minutes. Even though Aswathy passed this stage too, her appointment got stalled due to the Covid 19 outbreak. Aswathy says that she was a bit worried as things looked uncertain. However, when the rank list was published at the beginning of this year, Aswathy’s name too had featured in it. Aswathy’s son Khanasyamdev who is in class three is staying with her parents Anilkuttan and Rajalakshmi. 

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