The couple arrived in Gwalior on August 30 to appear for DEd examinations being conducted by the MP Board of Secondary Education

Jharkhand man and his pregnant wife drove 1,200 kms on a scooter so that she could appear for examination for aspiring teachers in Madhya Pradesh.

Dhananjay Kumar and his wife Soni Hembram travelled on their scooter from Ganta Tola village in Godda district of Jharkhand to Gwalior where Soni was to attend a DEd (Diploma in Education) exam for taking up teaching jobs.

Kumar’s longstanding wish to see his wife become a teacher inspired him to undertake such a journey on scooter covering around 1200 kms braving rains and bad roads just so that his wife could appear in the examinations amid the COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions.

As buses, trains and other modes of transport were unavailable due to COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, the couple decided to take the journey by road on their own scooter.

“My wife, who is pregnant, was initially reluctant to take this arduous journey. But after seeing my determination, she agreed for this long journey” said Kumar.

The couple arrived in Gwalior on August 30 to appear for DEd examinations being conducted by the MP Board of Secondary Education. The DEd examinations will continue till September 11.

When Gwalior collector Kaushlendra Vikram Singh came to know of the incident, he directed the districts women empowerment officer, Shaleen Sharma, to take care of them and provided Rs 5,000 as immediate assistance.

According to Sharma, the district administration will also pay their rent and make arrangements for their food.

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