While many of us complain about our struggles, there are few who gather all their courage to fight back. They refuse to give up and overcome life circumstances for meeting their dreams. And here’s the story of one such couple, who recently inspired many through their strength and courage.
As per the recent Times Of India report, this Jharkhand man drove his scooter over 1,200 km so that his pregnant wife could appear for an exam for aspiring teachers in Madhya Pradesh.
The tribal couple – Dhananjay Kumar (27) and his wife Soni Hembram (22) – started traveling on a scooter from Ganta Tola village in Godda district of Jharkhand. They traveled all the way to Gwalior – the center for DEd (Diploma in Education) exam, which is mandatory to be a teacher.
As Dhananjay wants to see his wife become a school-teacher to be financially independent, he wanted to leave no stone unturned in supporting his wife. This is what inspired him to cover more than 1,200 km across four states and ride through rains as well as bad roads.
Because of coronavirus-induced lockdown, the trains and buses are still not operational. Left with no other choice, the couple opted for a scooter ride.
Kumar told TOI, “
As trains, buses and other means of transport were not available, we decided to traverse the journey by road on our two-wheeler. My wife, who is pregnant, was initially reluctant to take this arduous journey. But after seeing my determination, she agreed for this long journey.”
“If I had hired a taxi for coming to Gwalior, it would have cost Rs 30,000 which was a big amount for me. Whatever little jewellery we have, we mortgaged it to raise Rs 10,000. So far, we have spent Rs 5,000 on our one-way journey and on a room that we have taken on rent in Deendayal Nagar here.”
Before the lockdown was induced, Dhananjay was a cook with a caterer. But now, because of the coronavirus lockdown, he lost his job about three months ago.
When the district administration came to know about the couple’s inspiring journey, Gwalior collector, Kaushlendra Vikram Singh informed the district’s women empowerment officer, Shaleen Sharma, to take care of the husband and wife. They also provided financial support of Rs 5000 to the couple. Additionally, the administration reportedly will not only make arrangements for their food but also pay for their rent. They have also offered that arrangements will be made for them to go back to their village.
The authorities have also scheduled an ultrasound for the pregnant wife too.
At IFORHER, we are proud of Dhananajay for supporting his wife to be financially independent. We hope many more would seek inspiration from this supportive husband and encourage their wives in realizing their true potential.