On the roll:Woman bikers during the ‘Save the Girl Child Campaign’ rally organised by Tharuni, a voluntary organisation, in Hyderabad on Sunday.- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
More than 100 young riders set out on about 65 two-wheelers, a majority of them Bullet motorcycles, on a three-hour ride covering the city during a ‘bikethon’ as part of ‘Save the Girl Child Campaign’ by Tharuni, a voluntary agency.
The rally was flagged off by little Vidha, daughter of an organiser.
Most riders belonged to ‘Wanderers-Bulleteers of Hyderabad’, and some were from ‘Bikernis’, an all-women riding club. The rally started at noon at the James Street Railway Station and reached Tharuni’s office at Nagarjuna Colony, Champapet, on Nagarjunasagar Road, carrying flags and placards to sensitise the public about the need to say ‘no’ to sex determination tests. Mamatha Raghuveer, director, Tharuni, underscored the need to realise the importance of the girl child. Quoting the 2011 Census, she pointed out that there was an 18-point decline in child sex ratio in Andhra Pradesh compared to 2001.