(Success Story) Ruveda Salam first woman from Kupwara to
clear UPSC, AIR-820
old doctor Ruvaida Salam has become the first woman from the Kupwara district in
Jammu and Kashmir to have cracked the Civil Services examination. Her name is
now added to the small list of youth valley icons like IAS topper Shah Faesal
and cricketer Parvez Rasool. She has done the Valley proud by being first woman
from backward frontier Kupwara district to crack the civil services - a hitherto
uncharted territory for girls here.
"I was surprised when during the interview I was asked how a
valley woman can pursue civil services as a career. I was told how women marry
young in Kashmir and they are not supposed to work because of religion. This
stereotypical image of Kashmiri women needs to go. I have got a tremendous
response for girls who want tips to crack the exams," Ruvaida said.
A degree in medicine and success in state civil services,
Kashmir Administrative Service, did not stop her from trying to achieve what she
had set for. In the process, she gave up practising in the hospital and almost
her job. She even refused marriage proposals.