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Jan 30, 2013 at 09:47am IST

Bihar: Sex worker leaves past behind, elected twice as ward councillor in Muzaffarpur

Muzaffarpur: A sex worker turned politician and was twice elected as the ward councillor of Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. Rani Begum has now put her past behind and is working towards a better future for people like her. "Initially, I faced difficulties working in the society. But gradually, when people saw my work they starting accepting me," Rani Begum said.

With determination and an unrelenting spirit, Rani Begum has exorcised her past ghosts, mostly following her marriage to a local resident. Begum, who also has two children from him, is now trying to improve the lives of others like her.

Rani Begum is grateful to her friends who funded her political plunge. Now she ensures that their voices and issues are heard. Rani today is the voice of more than 20,000 residents of the area, mostly sex workers or pimps. It's because of her initiative that slowly the lives of residents are also changing for good.

Rani Begum has started vocational programs for kids, especially the girl child so that they are not sucked into this profession. Though she lost the race of becoming the lady mayor of the city, she has certainly made a place for herself in the hearts of its people.

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