Modi’s cause, their mission — all through a biking expedition
What started in Surat, Gujarat, 40 days ago, culminated in Delhi on Tuesday in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. On a mission to spread awareness about the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign, four girls from the female biking group, Biking Queens, covered 10,000km, spanning 10 Asian nations — India, Nepal, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. “It feels great to have completed the journey. Motorbikes are considered masculine symbols. We wanted to tell the world that women are equally empowered and capable,” says Sarika Mehta, founder of the group that had earlier taken up causes like female foeticide and girl trafficking. A 40-year-old psychologist, Mehta was joined by Khyati Desai, an HR head, Duriya Tapiya, who runs a travel agency, and Yugma Desai, an interior designer, on the expedition.
Talking about the hurdles as they rode through tough terrains and harsh climates, she says: “This one time, we pushed our bikes for 180km as the terrain was too bad. The Bhutan ride was the most challenging. Some roads were so steep and narrow, we couldn’t rest at all, and it took us 13 hours to cover 18km. But the mission kept us moving forward.”
(L-R) Khyati Desai, Yugma Desai, Sarika Mehta and Duriya Tapiya PHOTO: INSTINCT FILMS