Selvi was married at a very young age of 14. Generally in India women who get married at this age tend to face domestic abuse and thereby tend to adjust to their sad life. Selvi story also looked like the same but she was not a regular woman, nor her story looked the same. She fought against all odds of life and now her story will give every girl an immense inspiration.
She initially wanted to commit suicide by coming under a moving bus. But when she reached the highway, she raised her hand and got on bus instead.
“I thought if I die, I won’t be able to prove myself,” she says in a documentary.
Within few months Selvi has transformed her life to become Karnakata’s first female taxi driver, and also a truck and bus driver.
She has gained immense confidence in herself now and speaks in a lot of gatherings about Women Empowerment.
She is now again married to another person who she loves and she has two young children and planing a bright future for their kids.
Selvi’s thrilling story has been beautifully captured by a Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi in her documentary, Driving with Selvi, which took over a decade to make.
The documentary takes you through the life of Selvi and how she has finally emerged a winner. It was premiered at the Raindance Festival in London.
Selvi now goes to different places to talk about the film and her life. Paloschi plans to take the film on the road and have a million people see it. She also wants various organisations in India to use the documentary as an educational tool.