Letter from New Delhi: Protecting the wild and beasts like a queen of the jungle

Rashila Vadher (top, centre) helps treat an injured lion at Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, home to the last Asiatic lion population.
Rashila Vadher (top, centre) helps treat an injured lion at Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat, home to the last Asiatic lion population.PHOTO: RASHILA VADHER

NEW DELHI - Ms Rashila Vadher was among the first women to become forest guards in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2007.

To qualify, she had to pass an arduous fitness test. She ran 800m in less than 4 minutes, jumped farther than 2.7m and leapt almost 1m - feats that many men would find challenging.

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