15-year-old girl rides bicycle for 1,200 km to bring father from gurugram to Bihar

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Jyoti Kumari, a lion-hearted 15-year-old, cycled all the way from Gurugram in Haryana to Bihar’s Darbhanga district with her incapacitated father Mohan Paswan seated on the carrier.

Cycling almost 1,200 km with a debilitated person riding pillion could be a daunting task even for professional athletes, leave alone an ordinary teenager and that too amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case, the heavily-stacked odds against Bihar girl Jyoti Kumari were no match for her grit.

Kumari, a lion-hearted 15-year-old, cycled all the way from Gurugram in Haryana to Bihar’s Darbhanga district with her incapacitated father Mohan Paswan seated on the carrier.

Now the father-daughter duo is at a quarantine centre near their village Sirhulli under Singhwara block of the district.

Kumari is determined not to let her father return to Gurugram where he was driven to penury following an accident a few months ago that rendered him unfit to make a living as an e-rickshaw driver.

Paswan said his landlord gave him an ultimatum to either pay the rent that was due for a few months, or leave.

“I succeeded in buying time on a couple of occasions. I promised him that I would take up whatever job I could land once the lockdown was lifted, earn money and pay all his dues. We were so hard pressed that I had to discontinue my medicines so that we could afford one square meal a day. How could we have arranged money for rent?” he recounted.

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