Four women bikers – Dr Sarika Mehta, Ar Yugma Desai, Durriya Tapia and Khyati Desai – created history after completing a 10,000km journey covering 10 South East Asia nations in just 39 days.
The group ‘Biking Queens’ took up the task to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative in several countries, including Thailand, Nepal, Laos, Vietnam, Bhutan, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia and Malaysia.
Sarika Mehta, founder of Biking Queens was quoted telling Hindustan Times, “It feels great to have completed the journey. Motorbikes are considered masculine symbols. We want to break that stereotype and tell the world that women are equally empowered and capable. People think that women can’t do this or that but we want to come out of that zone so we decided to choose a bike to spread awareness”.
The four bikers set off on their mission from Kathmandu on June 6, 2016 and took up issues like female infanticide, gender inequality, education for girls and women empowerment with people they met on their travel.
“PM Modi gave us the responsibility to spread his message in May and we feel very happy and honoured to have done it successfully,” told Durriya Tapia to India Today.
It was a proud moment for the team of bikers when Prime Minister Modi met the four members after they successfully completed their journey.
The Biking Queens hold a Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records for being the first women bikers to cover 10 nations.
Formed in August, 2015, the Biking Queens have a simple motive, to build a beautiful community of female bike riders who work for society welfare. They provide training women who are passionate about bike riding and to those who want to work for a social cause.