First woman graduate among endangered Toto tribe
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 18:39
Jalpaiguri (WB): 22-year-old Rita Toto Tuesday earned the distinction of becoming the first woman graduate among the endangered Toto tribe in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district.

Rita Toto graduated from Prasanna Deb Women's College in Arts under the North Bengal University with an aggregate of 617 in the pass course, university authorities said here.

She is the fourth from her tribe to become a graduate -- all her predecessors were men, including Jagadish Toto who was the first to graduate in 1920.

Rita is the daughter of Sugrib and Urmila Toto. Her father is a Group D employee in the Uttarbanga Khetriya Grameen Bank.

The 22-year-old, a resident of Totopara, has two brothers.

The Totos, a primitive and 'isolated tribal group' residing in a small enclave called Totopara, are presently numbered at around 1,369, according to the last Census.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 18:39

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