Imphal: Gerinda Loitongbam, a student from Imphal in Manipur, is all set to undertake a 2,414-km solo drive from the state capital to New Delhi in order to raise awareness about women’s safety and to end crime against women.
Loitongbam’s expedition was flagged off by a women-led local NGO, Indian Women Against Crime (ICAW), on Monday morning from the historic Kangla Fort in the state’s capital. During her journey, she will cover places such as Guwahati, Siliguri, Patna, Lucknow and Agra, before reaching the national capital.
While speaking to EastMojo, Loitongbam said that her decision to go on a solo car rally was self-inspired. “I’m ready to confront any challenges that may come during the journey.”
“In a country like India, it is said that women are not safe. I, being a woman myself, took up the initiative to spread awareness on crime against women. It’s high time to let others know that women can travel alone,” Loitongbam said.
During her journey, Loitongbam said that she will communicate with children in schools and colleges to convey her message.
“Fear is quite natural but as a woman I am confident that I will overcome all the challenges and circumstances. Faith is more powerful than fear and I believe in myself,” she added.
Loitongbam is the second daughter of L Johnson and Maibam Somi from Lalambung, Imphal. The 22-year-old has all the support from her family, her mother added.