Biking Queens in tour with Beti bachao Beti padhao campaignNergal Scott
Biking Queens in tour with Beti bachao Beti padhao campaign
Four members of the Biking Queens group, who started their 10-country biking journey from Gujarat to Singapore on June 4, reached Guwahati on Tuesday.
The group has undertaken an 11,000 kilometres long expedition from India to Singapore by road on their motorcycles. The motive of the ride is to promote women empowerment and ‘Beti bachao, Beti padhao’ campaign for girl education.
Dr Sarika Mehta, a psychologist from Surat and founder of the group, said, “We started our journey on June 4, from Surat where Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, flagged off our trip. Before starting the expedition, we met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he suggested as to how to complete the ride. Our main motive is to promote women empowerment across the globe.”
She added, “Our schedule is to complete the whole trip in forty days and the target is to cover 11,000 kilometres covering 10 countries. So far we have covered 2,500 kilometres. We went to Mumbai from Surat and then from Mumbai we took a flight to Nepal. From Nepal, we visited Bhutan and then directly we headed for Guwahati. We have been able to connect with many groups and all the groups have supported the cause.”
Another member, Yugna Desai, an architect by profession, said, “Our next destination is Kohima, Nagaland. We have already covered India, Nepal and Bhutan; the remaining countries are Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.”
Mehta and Desai are accompanied by Khyati Desai (HR professional) and Tapia Doriia (owner of a travel agency) in their expedition. The group has 42 members.