15-Year-Old Dalit Girl Cycles 1200 km, Brings Migrant Worker Father from Delhi to Bihar

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Jyoti Kumari did not think twice before starting her long journey without food or water. — Behindwoods

Jyoti Kumari’s injured father rode along as she cycled for 6 days to reach their village

Clarion India

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.

The seventh grade student was quoted as saying by the media: “I did not feel very scared even while cycling at night as we used to see hundreds of migrants walking on the highways. Our only concern was road accidents, which fortunately we did not face.”

She added: “My father used to drive a rickshaw in Delhi. But he became unemployed because he had to surrender the rickshaw to its owner after the lockdown. And he also suffered a leg injury.”

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.

Kumari was lauded on social media for her courage.

(With media inputs)

11 COMMENTS

  1. It’s 2020 and yet you still feel the need to mention “dalit” girl. Seriously, media is full of educated morons…!! Shame on you.

  2. How dare they add Dalit infront of her empowerment , determination, care, ability and solving countries problem just by herself. Media has to be punished for propagating caste. The author and editor must be taught a lesson. Disrespecting a women respect. This website has humanity,freedom and democracy as tag line. Shame on you for not following it. Change this tag line of ur company or delete tagging ones life and degrade them to a caste box. Birth adds no value for who you can be .

  3. The Govt. of Bihar should give cash award to this brave girl. It is her sheer grit and confidence that needs to be appreciated. If some NGO’s also pool in some cash it would go a long way to help this poor man.

  4. No words to describe the bravery of this girl and also no words to condemn Government failure to protect migrants.

  5. A testimony of grit and glory that too a 15 year old, just imagine the potential this girl has, somebody needs to channelize her courage and tenacity for venturing from a village to a city as big as Delhi….She deserves a standing ovation as well as a trainer to hone and utilize her amazing gift of determination. She could be the next Olympic Record. Forget the Guinness…

  6. For those who decry the use if Dalit in the headline – I would remind you that the poisonous bite of caste is still strong in Indua and Sri Lanka. Until that is eradicated it is important that those who believe dalit is the lowest of the low are forced to read about the bravery, endurance, good heartedness and pure courage or one of those they would denigrate.

  7. To the outcry here about her caste being mentioned in the headline:
    – If she was born a Brahmin girl, would she resort to the same extreme medieval measures to get her father and herself to safety..?
    – Also, Clarion is an outlet that advocates for people who don’t have a voice in your caste system society. Their disclaimer is very clear about what their goal is:
    *Clarion* India, formerly Caravan Daily, is an independent online media platform, articulating the concerns and aspirations of voiceless minorities and disadvantaged groups from India and South Asia. Ours is a non-profit initiative involving volunteers and professionals believing in ethical journalism.
    Clarion India is committed to the idea of an inclusive India and univesal values such as peace, pluralism, freedom, democracy, justice and human rights.

    The hypocrisy here about her caste being mentioned in an article about her heroism (seriously?!?) when she has no alternatives left by the society she is trapped in, is the same hypocrisy in USA when white people say there is no systematic racism in America, after George Floyd’s death.

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