Coronavirus lockdown across India has caused all the transportation system to come to a halt. Soon after the lockdown, thousands of migrant workers were seen walking back to their homes across India. Well, there were many stories of people riding or driving thousands of kilometres to reach the destination for important work. Here is the tale of Razia Begum who travelled 1,400 km on her Honda Grazia scooter to bring back her son.
Razia Begum, who is currently 48 years old did not send anyone else on the rescue mission fearing that cops will detain them thinking that he’s on a joyride. She started the journey on Monday morning from Hyderabad to Nellore in Andhra Pradesh. All she had was permission from the local police station. She went on to reach Nellore and bring back her son as a pillion on the Honda Grazia on Wednesday.
She is a headmistress in Nizamabad, which is about 200 km away from Hyderabad. She told PTI that she was determined to bring back her son even though she only had a puny two-wheeler. She packed rotis for the way and went on the journey. Razia lost her husband 12 years ago and single-handedly raised her son and daughter. Her daughter is an engineering graduate and Nizamuddin, who she rescued on the scooter is a medical aspirant and studied in Narayana Medical Academy in Hyderabad.
Razia said that she was stopped by the cops at many places and it was scary to ride along on the road at night without any other two-wheeler but she was determined to save her child and bring him back. When the cops stopped her at pickets and check posts, she showed them the letter by Bodhan ACP, which helped her to go through. She also thanked the cops for all the support.
She rode non-stop for 700 km, picked up her son and got him back soon after. Razia did not take any breaks to rest and rode the scooter all by herself through the way. It sure is an inspiring story.
Ms Begum told PTI,
It was a difficult journey on a small two-wheeler for a woman. But the determination to bring my son back overtook all my fears. I packed rotis and they kept me going. It was fearsome in the nights with no traffic movement and no people on roads,” Ms Begum told PTI on Thursday.
There are many such cases across India. Earlier, a doctor from Jharkhand drove for 50 hours to reach Kota, Rajasthan, pick up his daughter and drive back. He also drove non-stop for 2,500 km to rescue his kid who was studying in Kota and got stuck there after the lockdown. We are sure there are many other people who have similar stories but have not become as popular.