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First woman graduate among endangered Toto tribe

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

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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