A group of seven bikers started a rally on Sunday to raise awareness against female foeticide and promote gender equality in the country.
The bikers, who were affiliated to the Siliguri-based Teesta Thumpers Motorcycle Club (TTMC), will travel to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
The 27-day road ride will cover a distance of over 3000 kilometres.
“It is a 27 day-long trip in which we are covering more than 3000 kilometers on our bikes. And, the ride is about saving the girl child. So we are riding through the states where these things happen very regularly. We will try our best to create an awareness to save the girl child,” said road captain, TTMC, Sourav Bhattacharjee in Siliguri.
Two thousand girls are “killed” every day due to a preference for sons in India with most aborted or murdered just after birth, minister for women and child development, Maneka Gandhi, had said in April this year.
Bhattacharjee also said that they chose Ladakh as the destination, as it is a favourite with all bikers and the rally would try covering almost all places where female foeticide is prevalent.
The only female biker in the gang, Priyanka Bhattacharjee, said the bikers would try their best to make people aware of the importance of a girl child.
“We cannot change the mentality of the people but we will try to spread the ‘save the girl child’ slogan so that we can aware people not to kill the female foetus. Because being a girl if I can ride and if I can do all the household work, the girls can do everything. They are equal to boys so we will spread that slogan not to kill female foetus,” she said, adding she wants to inspire girls with her own achievements to take on the world.
Despite laws that ban parents having tests to determine the gender of unborn children, sex selective abortions remain a common practice in parts of India, and have resulted in a decline in the number of girls compared to boys.
India’s 2011 census showed that while the overall female-to-male ratio has improved marginally since the last census a decade ago, fewer girls were born than boys and the number of girls younger than six plummeted for the fifth straight decade.