Rajo Devi used to be a beggar in Madhubani, Bihar, India, but for the past year has sold newspapers and worked as a nurse at a private clinic. This prompted her clan to ask the village council, or Panchayat, to fine her 7,000 rupees for leaving the family business.
"The village headmen asked me not to work because no one in our tribe works. They said that our ancestors were all beggars and that this will bring a bad name to my family," says Rajo Devi.
Sadly for Rajo Devi, most of the tribe of beggars feel that the Panchayat's decision was justified - including her own family.
Says her sister Chanda Devi, "She should stick to begging for a living." [Link]