Dhananjay Kumar (27) and his wife Soni Hembram (22), traveled on the two-wheeler from Ganta Tola village in Godda district of Jharkhand to reach Gwalior, a center for DEd (Diploma in Education) exam, required to be cleared by those wanting to take up teaching jobs.
Dhananjay was so driven to encourage his wife to work and be educated that he convinced her and rode 1200 km on a two-wheeler just so she can take her exam!
As trains, buses, and other means of transport were not available, we decided to traverse the journey by road on our two-wheeler, Kumar told PTI on Friday. Also Read: Akshay Kumar launches new multiplayer game FAU-G to support Atmanirbhar Bharat
My wife, who is pregnant, was initially reluctant to take this arduous journey. But after seeing my determination, she agreed for this long journey, he said.
The couple arrived here on August 30 for the DEd exam being conducted by the MP Board of Secondary Education. The examination will continue until September 11.
As a video of the couple and their journey taken by some newspersons went viral on social media, the district administration stepped in to help them.
When asked Dhananjay said he chose to travel by scooter because if he traveled to Gwalior by taxi it would have cost him ₹30000. He said whatever jewelry they owned they had already put it under a mortgage and could only get about ₹10000.
“So far, we have spent Rs 5,000 on our one-way journey and a room that we have taken on rent in Deendayal Nagar here, Kumar, who has studied till Class 8, said.
We started on August 28 morning and en route stayed a night each in Muzaffarpur (Bihar) and Lucknow to reach Gwalior on our scooter, said Kumar, who was working as a cook with a caterer before he lost his job three months ago because of lockdown.
Earlier I thought that it won’t be possible for me to appear in this examination but after seeing my husband’s determination and courage, I got ready for this long journey.
“We faced a lot of trouble due to rains. I got a mild fever en route, but now everything is okay. I will apply for a teaching job in Jharkhand and I am sure I will get selected, Soni, who got married to Kumar in December last year,” said.
Gwalior collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh directed the district’s women empowerment officer, Shaleen Sharma, to take care of them and provided Rs 5,000 as immediate assistance.
Sharma said The administration will also pay for their rent and make arrangements for their food. We have also offered to send them back to their village safely.
As the woman is pregnant, special attention is being given to her and her medical examination and ultrasound will be done on Sunday, he added.