In Indias male-dominated uppercase where women are often in danger, groupings of female bikers are taking to the road to regain womens rights to public space
Stalled in a snarl of Delhi transaction, an auto-rickshaw driver cranes his neck to gawp.
Clad in tie-dye leggings, jackpot leaf earrings and a cherry-red motorcycle helmet, Leena Biswas zips her Avenger 220 cc two-wheeler between two strings of operators. At a red light, a automobile full of guys draws up honking, their faces bunched into distrustful sneers.
Biswas shrugs. Im a rebel, she says.
A rash of attacks in Indian metropolitans on New Yearss Eve has reignited disputes about women and public safety across the country. The targets were women out on the town notably in Bangalore, where female revellers, massively outnumbered and some exerting stilettos in self-defence, were chased and groped 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 questioned one of her cousins how to drive the paraphernaliums of his Yamaha. He alleged, First is down, residue is up. I alleged, Dude, thats so easy. Why dont I give it a try?
What embarked as a hobby has now become part of a proliferating activist gesture, built on rethinking the method womens public safety concerns are addressed. In late November 2016, Biswas participated in a womens motorbike journey through Delhi, organised by the human rights NGO Breakthrough India, to regain womens rights on wall street.
The rally was inspired by a Breakthrough staff member Anika Verma, ardent motorcyclist. The 30 -year-old grew up in Bareilly, a small metropolitan in the northern government of Uttar Pradesh, where she was chased a lot by boys on bikes, she says.