In Indias male-dominated capital where women are often in danger, a group of girl bikers are taking to the road to regain womens privileges to public space
Stalled in a snarl of Delhi traffic, an auto-rickshaw operator cranes his neck to gawp.
Clad in tie-dye leggings, cup leaf earrings and a cherry-red motorcycle helmet, Leena Biswas zips her Avenger 220 cc two-wheeler between two positions of moves. At a red light, a vehicle full of people gathers up honking, their faces bunched into skeptical sneers.
Biswas shrugs. Im a maverick, she says.
A rash of attacks in Indian cities on New Yearss Eve has reignited disputes about women and public security throughout the country. The targets were women out on the cities notably in Bangalore, where female revellers, massively outnumbered and some exercising stilettos in self-defence, were chased and fondled by mobs of men. Many of the attackers were on motorbikes.
Within Delhis macho motorcycle culture, bubbly, stylish Biswas may make for an unlikely biker. But the 30 -year-old doctor( who are currently owns three motorcycles) had an early start. At 15, she expected one of her cousins how to study the gears of his Yamaha. He suggested, First is down, remain is up. I suggested, Dude, thats so simple. Why dont I give it a try?
What inaugurated as a pastime have already been become part of a thriving activist push, is built around rethinking the way womens public safety concerns are addressed. In late November 2016, Biswas participated in a womens motorbike travel through Delhi, organised by the human rights NGO Breakthrough India, to regain womens privileges on the street.
The rally was inspired by a Breakthrough staff member Anika Verma, avid motorcyclist. The 30 -year-old grew up in Bareilly, a small metropolitan in the northern regime of Uttar Pradesh, where she was chased a lot by boys on bikes, she says.