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
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
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.