|Raji with a cobra, KeralaNewIndianExpress|
Never have I either heard or read about female snake catchers in India. In a man's world women, it seems, have already made a successful entry. Here is a scoop for you which I recently read with interest.
In this age of woman empowerment, we have seen women successfully striding the areas that were once dominated by men. There is almost no field in India that does not have women folks. They are flying passenger planes, fighter air crafts, run express trains. Indian women have scaled Mt. Everest and many of them hold records.
What about the scary area of snake charming? This neither requires a college degree nor does it require a technical degree. Unlike other folds ridden with danger, in this pretty old field which is a man's domain, the death is just a few inches away!! A wrong sleight of hand is enough to send the snake charmer to the nearest hospital. For a Keralite woman, snake charming is a passion and not a profession.
Because of her continuous interaction with the reptiles, she has become a saviour of reptiles in Kerala. Since their habitats are fast disappearing, snakes frequently get into human settlements to roost. Her job is to rescue the snake and and save the jittery people from panic and threats. When caught, she hands over the snakes to the government and she does not catch snakes for money. In case people insist, the money will go to charity.