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Bikerni: Delhi damsels take on the two wheels for a noble cause

The Bikerni, a women’s biker group, is all set to take out their bikes on the roads to demand rights for women and sensitise people.

more lifestyle Updated: Dec 07, 2016 18:36 IST
Ruchika Garg
A picture from the previous year rally that took place in Rohtak, Haryana.
A picture from the previous year rally that took place in Rohtak, Haryana.

Spreading awareness, a Delhi-based NGO, Breakthrough India, has started a two-week-long campaign #standwithme with a woman bike rally in the Capital. A group of more than 30 women bikers from Delhi-NCR are hitting the roads with the aim to reclaim their rights on the streets.

“We are organising this rally for the first time in Delhi. We want inclusive safer spaces for women and through this rally, we want to establish that women are equally capable at anything, even riding bikes,” says Purva Khetra Pal, one of the managers of the rally.

The bike rally has engaged women of all ages. 40-year-old, Jyoti Mehra, says, “Biking is a gendered space in itself and I feel there couldn’t have been a better way to kick-start our campaign for advocating gender inclusive safer spaces than this bike rally.”

More than 30 women are are hitting the road to reclaim their rights on the streets.

For Neha Bhatia, a 30-year-old anchor, biking is symbolic of breaking stereotypes. She says, “This is an opportunity for women to break free from ancient concepts and express their support for the inclusive spaces they’ve desired.”

The other motive of the rally, which was earlier arranged in Rohtak is to spread sensitisation, where volunteers will also take part. “We’re organising a rally with the students of North Campus,” adds Pal.

CATCH IT LIVE

WHAT: #Standwithme, a campaign

WHERE: Mandi House

WHEN: November 27 to December 11

TIMINGS: 7.45 am onwards

NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on the Blue Line