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Mangaluru: Pedalling to spread gender equality across India: Young Shruthi on a mission

Mohan Kuthar
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Mar 19: In a mission to spread awareness on the important subject of gender equality, a young woman has taken up an all-India journey from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, on a bicycle.

Daughter of the late Shivashankarmurthy from Mysuru who had served as deputy registrar of Mangaluru, the 27-year-old Shruthi has been on her bicycle expedition '#StepOut' for over a month now. She reached Mangaluru and crossed over to Kerala on Saturday March 18.

She started her journey on February 8 from Jammu and Kashmir and has since covered a distance of more than 3,000 kilometres across eleven states.

Shruthi, a software engineer by profession, worked in Bengaluru for three years. She then gave up her job to pursue fellowship on the subject of teenage children, and has been providing training in life skills.

Speaking to reporters at Thokkottu, Shruthi said that she developed the hobby of cycling during the last three years. "I used to go on cycling tours of two to three days before taking up this mission. I have taken up the subject of gender equality and started travelling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to spread awareness.

"I started my journey with an aim to pedal 4,500 kilometres in 48 days. Along the way, I also took up the task of providing information regarding adolescent issues to teenagers in government schools. I have held discussions with more than 1,500 students during my journey of 36 days," she said.

"I have received excellent support during the cycling expedition. Two of my friends came with me in Scorpio from Kashmir to Goa. I have plans to go alone from Goa to Kanyakumari and I hope to reach Kanyakumari on March 27," she added.

Asked about support from her family to her mission, she said, "When I told my mother and elder siblings about this journey, they refused permission intially. But then, seeing my determination they felt convinced and allowed me to undertake this journey. During the last 36 days, I faced problems with changing weather and food, but people along the way helped me."

Shruthi starts cycling at 6 am and cycles until 6 pm every day. She spends two hours at government schools for awareness camp and uses two hours for food and rest. She cycles continuously for the remaining eight hours.

For safety, Shruthi carries pepper spray, has a mobile app, pins and other items in her bag. "People everywhere have helped me all these days. I have had no problems with anybody," she said.

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  • Sr Jyothi Fernandes, UFS, Mudarangady/Udupi/ Mysore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    all the best Shruti for your very noble mission and very important cause of our nation. May God bless you and your innovative and hard efforts.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    One must appreciate her hard work but ' gender equality ' concept is ridiculous . Its more about contribution of men and their sacrifices , and boon of privileges granted to women . So here patriarchy has to work as social order and gender diversity should work as women obedient / submissive to their male counterparts .

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Wish you safe journey. success in your mission too. Al the best.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar,Sharjah - U.A.E.

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    All the Best Shruthi on your Mission. God Bless you always.
    Good luck to you for your future plans.
    Be Bold and Courageous.

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  • sudhir, kulshekar / mangalore

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    All the best for your future journey and congratulations in advance for your success .

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  • FRANCIS, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    It needs great courage for Shruti to carry on this mission..
    Wish you all the best and good luck in your future endeavours.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    There should be no comparison made on gender basis
    It may create odds between men and women
    We have wives at home and husbands too
    perhaps it may create confusion in the family
    That I feel

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Very well said Elwyn,

    and may I add that we have Mothers and Fathers and Daughters and Sons.

    There needs to be a hierarchy figure or else chaos will reign supreme everywhere starting from one's humble home!

    Our erstwhile liberated women need to bear this in mind before spreading a misnomer gender equality, when it is already there in place to all extents and purposes.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Gujarat, Rajastan & Haryana are the culprits ...

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  • Jagdish, Mumbai, UAE

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai... what about your own place.. is it Heaven...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    You have google ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    We are talking about Gender Equality ...

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