In commemoration of the Nirbhaya case, where a 23 year old university student was raped and brutally harassed in Delhi on 16 Dec 2011, an NGO called JWALA was formed by Dr. Divya Gupta. The basic aim of the NGO was “Empowering Women / Girls through Self Defence Training”.
Since then, JWALA has trained more than 1 Lac Women/Girls in Self Defence all over the country. To commemorate the event, JWALA has planned a Cycling Ride “DISHA” throughout the country with coordinated support from MBA Department, GL Bajaj Institute, Greater Noida the cycling clubs on 16 Dec 2018. The aim of the ride “DISHA” is to make awareness about the women safety and Self Defence and also taking of the oath by the male members “Mai Rakshak – I am the Defender” at the end of the ride.
This ride is planned in 20 cities across the country simultaneously in association with the respective cycling clubs. The Cycling community platform of India “Cyclop” , founder Ms Malvika & Prof. Dr. Deepa Gupta (HODGL Bajaj College, MBA Department) are coordinating the registrations across the country and helping with all the details. Mr Deepender Sehajpal from Noida Randonneurs is instrumental in promoting the ride across India through Audax India Cycling Clubs. Gp Captain Vijay Ingale Executive Secretary Jwala is the main coordinator across the country on behalf of Jwala. In Greater Noida, The Central Ride “Disha – Safar Ek Nirbhay Samaj Ka” is organized by Greater Noida Cycling Club (GNCC) in coordination with MBA Department, G.L. Bajaj Institute & Jwala.
The GNCC Officials are taking keen interest in supporting the social cause and organizing this ride. The cycling Community across Delhi NCR represented by Noida Randonneurs , Dare to Gear , Cycloholics and many more representatives of different cycling clubs are riding on this day to commemorate the event. There are more than 250 riders are expected to ride for the social cause to make awareness among the citizen regarding the women safety and empowerment. Ms Laxmi Agarwal, an Indian campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks and a TV host is a brand ambassador for the ride in Greater Noida.
She is an acid attack survivor and speaks for the rights of acid attack victims. Another Guest Mr Hunny Kapoor, A Synovial Sarcoma Survivor and an Amputee will also be taking part in this event. Dr Divya Gupta, President Jwala will flag off the ride at 0700 h on16 Dec 2018 at City Park, Greater Noida. The riders will cover a distance of 20 Kms across the city and finish the ride at Wegman Business Park behind Decathlon, Greater Noida.