After social media heaped praise on “bicycle girl” Jyoti Kumari, a 15- year-old teenage girl who cycled all the way from Gurugram in Haryana to Bihar’s Darbhanga district in 7 days with her disabled father Mohan Paswan seated on the carrier during the coronavirus pandemic, a famous mathematician, and Super 30 founder Anand Kumar has offered to give free IIT-JEE entrance exam coaching to the teenage girl.
Ever since Jyoti Kumari cycled 1200 Km carrying her injured father from Gurugram to Bihar’s Darbhanga district, the girl has been receiving lots of honour and offers of help. Anand Kumar’s younger brother met Jyoti and her family to offer help with her education. Anand Kumar tweeted, “Bihar daughter #jyotikumari has set an example by paddling all the way from Delhi carrying her father on a bicycle, covering an unimaginable 1200kms. Yesterday my brother Pranav super30 met her. If she would like to prepare for #IIT in future she is welcome to the #super30.”
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Kumari was determined not to allow her father to 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. Her father Paswan said, “His landlord gave him an ultimatum to either pay the rent that was due for a few months or leave the house.” “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. But the lockdown kept getting extended and the treats of the landlord kept getting more severe, Paswan said.
Cycling almost 1,200 km with an incapacitated father riding pillion, the ordinary teenager took her father home. On May 10, Jyoti left along with her father from Gurugram on a bicycle for Darbhanga. She arrived home on May 16.
Jyoti has received offers of help from the Cycling Federation of India for her education and also from several ministers. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and Bihar’s former Chief Minister Rabri Devi have also extended their helping hand and have offered to sponsor Jyoti’s education and her wedding. Mrs. Rabri Devi has also promised to provide a job to Jyoti’s father as well.