At an age when she should have been be safe at home, 15-year-old Jyoti decided to cycle 1,200 kilometers to take her father from Delhi to Darbhanga, Bihar.
COVID-19 #LockdownWithoutPlan— Sanjiv Ranjan Jha (@SanjivRanjanJh1) May 19, 2020
>Name- Jyoti Kumari[class 8th student,age13yrs]
>Pax- Father,electric rickshaw driver, damaged right foot in Jan'20]
>Last balance in hand- Rs1200;bought cycle
Reached home- on May15 https://t.co/Oas8guJGdc
She said that her biggest fear was being hit by a vehicle, which isn't irrational considering the number of lives that have been claimed in the past few days because of road accidents. In an interview given to the Times of India, she said:
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.
15yrold #JyotiKumari travel 1200km frm #Delhi to Darbhanga on cycle— Aboriginal of India (@IndiaAboriginal) May 19, 2020
to bring her injured father home aftr the two could not afford transportation their state
while cyclin at night as we used to see hundreds of migrants walking on d highways-Jyoti#coronavirus #lokdown #India pic.twitter.com/FDPIxOnbG1
The two bought the cycle for ₹500 and covered the distance in 6 days (May 10-May 16).
Jyoti elaborated on the struggle the two faced while trying to get back home:
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 ₹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.
Such stories shall be part of history in future..The people involved should be called Coronacrisis fighters.— Surendra Saran (@sksaran2163) May 19, 2020
@cmohry @mlkhattar @MunCorpGurugram @DC_Gurugram you all owe an explanation on why this father&daughter did NOT receive food during the lockdown due to which they were forced to leave Gurgaon on a cycle. Also wt action has/is being taken against their landlord for demanding rent?— Joseph (@journojoseph) May 19, 2020
When they finally reached home, everyone was surprised that Jyoti cycled so far and brought her father home. Both of them have been quarantined for now.