Bhubaneswar, Mar 8: A young girl of courage, Silka Siloni (23) broke all gender stereotypes and turned a snake cather.
Hailing from Hemsurpada near Angul town, catching snakes is more of a social service for Silka. Nothing can scare her off, from vipor to python.
She has won the ‘Women Achievers of Odisha’ (WAO) at a program organised jointly by the Odia daily The Prameya, news channel News7 and Preservation, Propagation and Restoration of Ancient Culture and Heritage of India (PPRACHIN) run by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, a Deemed to be University here on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
Born to Akshya Naik and Minakshi Nanda she has been catching snakes from her early eighteen. Silka has dealt with more than 500 poisonous snakes yet and is an active member of snake helpline, Odisha.
As a token of appreciation, Angul district administration has felicitated her with Kanyaratna award. Similarly, the forest department has conferred her Biju Patnaik wildlife award.
As per Silka, her brother Amarjyoti is a snake catcher. She inducted the bravery from him, how to handle poisonous snakes with care.