Modi’s cause, their mis­sion — all through a bik­ing ex­pe­di­tion

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Ruchika Garg ruchika.garg@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

PHOTO: AFP

(L-R) Khy­ati De­sai, Yugma De­sai, Sarika Me­hta and Duriya Tapiya PHOTO: IN­STINCT FILMS

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