Jyoti Kumari’s injured father rode along as she cycled for 6 days to reach their village
NEW DELHI — The courageous deed of a 15-year-old Dalit girl of Bihar stands out among the scores of stories of grit and courage pouring in from across the country of desperate migrant workers making perilous journeys
An injured migrant worker’s 15-year-old daughter cycled for almost 1,200 kilometres to rescue him from Delhi to Darbhanga, Bihar.
It is not the just for the sheer physical endurance the journey demanded, but negotiating roads and highways is no less a feat. And the journey for women even in the city limits are unsafe in India.
Kumari and her father began their journey on May 10 from Delhi after they managed to spend Rs 500 to buy a bicycle. Their journey ended on May 16 after they reached Darbhanga.
“We did not have much money and the landlord pressured my father either to pay or vacate the room. No one was there to help us so we decided to return to our village. We talked to a truck driver, who demanded Rs 6,000 for bringing us from Delhi to Darbhanga, but we could not afford to pay the money. Finally, I asked my father to pillion ride on the bicycle bought with Rs 500 and we started for Darbhanga,” The Times of India, quoted Kumari as saying.
Talking about the long, tiresome journey she and her father made, she said: “We had only Rs 600 with us when we left Delhi. I used to cycle day and night taking breaks of two-three hours at petrol pumps during the night hours. We mostly ate food at relief camps and those offered by some good Samaritans on the way.”
When the daughter-father duo reached Darbhanga, the villagers were in a state of surprise. They were guided not to go home but to quarantine themselves at the village library. The villagers also provided them both with food and they were screened and quarantined at Government Middle School, Sirhulli.
However, Jyoti was told to stay at home for quarantine as she was the lone female inmate at the quarantine centre.