‘Lion-hearted’ girl bikes father in India, inspiring nation


NEW DELHI – She was 15 years old and had a simple mission: to bring papa home.

Jyoti Kumari and his father had almost no money, no means of transportation, and their village was halfway across India.

And her father, an unemployed migrant worker, was injured and could barely walk.

So Jyoti said to his father: me take you home. He thought the idea was crazy, but accepted it. She then hopped on a $ 20 purple bike bought with the last of their savings. With her father perched in the back, she cycled from the outskirts of New Delhi to their hometown, 700 miles away.

“Don’t worry, mom,” she reassured her mother along the way, using borrowed cell phones. “I’m going to take Papa home.”


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