The ‘Biking Queens’ ride for women empowerment


As part of the ongoing 10 nation ride for women empowerment, the ‘Biking Queens’ finally landed in Kohima Wednesday to spread the message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Badhao” to the people of Nagaland.

The four women riders: Dr. Sarika Mehta, Yugma Desai, Khyati Desai & Durriya Tapia are part this campaign for the welfare of the girl child. It started from Surat, Gujarat on June 4 last. Their aim is to spread the message of gender equality and save the girl child in every nation that they visit with this biking expedition.

They will travel on bike for 10,000 kilometers in a span of 36 days covering ten countries: Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and India with a message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao.”

In Kohima, they were greeted at a function held at 3 Assam Rifles this morning in the presence of IGAR (N), Major Gen Manvendra Singh Jaswal, State Resource Centre for Women, school children and bikers of Nagaland. Their onward expedition was flagged off today by IGAR (N) Major General Manvendra Singh Jaswal as they left for their onward journey to Imphal en route to Myanmar.

“Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” is a national drive led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for empowering the women in the country. The message is to save and educate the girl child, thereby giving them equal opportunity in society by reducing female feticide and illiteracy among women. “Under the patronage and kind blessing of Prime Minister of India, four women riders have undertaken a motorcycle road journey of 10 Asian nations. The expedition is for spreading the message of “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” throughout 10 Asian countries,” stated Major General Jaswal during the function.

The Assam Rifles was appreciative of the ‘Biking Queens’ for having taken initiative for such a cause, adding that this is the first time, in the history of Indian motorbiking, that any biker group has decided to set out on such a long expedition for the empowerment of girl child in the country.

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