Meet Shyni Rajkumar – The girl who dreams on two
wheels and is on a mission to stop women violence
SHYNI RAJKUMAR: THE BIKER WOMAN:
Shyni Rajkumar is a bike enthusiastic who had a dream since her childhood to ride a bullet. Little did she know, her dream would become true and she would actually ride a bullet across the streets of Kerala. Being a girl, she had to face many hurdles but with the support of a few men in her life- her husband and relatives, she successfully lived her dream. And now she is on a bigger mission to stop women violence.
WHEN COURAGE AND DETERMINATION RULE THE DAY:
The thirty-five-year old who hails from Kerala was the first women to buy the Himalayan edition of Royal Enfield. Keeping her head high and aiming for the best, she soon formed a group of powerful and strong-oriented women riding bullets- Dauntless Royal Explorers. Then she decided to make another great step, by initiating an all India ride from Kanyakumari to Leh, with a clear mission in her mind- to spread awareness and stop violence against women.
She’s the first women in India to do such an endeavour. Shyni’s journey started from Thiruvananthapuram where she covered a total distance of 12,000 km.
Her journey was directed with the slogan- ‘Azadi – Stop Violence Against Women’.
Her obsession with bikes started at an early age. In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, she said “I come from a middle-class family. The circumstances have not been that I could dream of riding a bike or even a bicycle. So at college when I used to stay back for sports, I’d try the two-wheelers left there by other girls unlocked. I don’t know how I learned to ride a bike, it must have been the sheer desire to do so”.
Shyni had to face dejections too while starting her love affair with bikes like accidents and injuries, but she was not the one to give up. Kindness paved its way and she was motivated by her family and Regional Service Manager of Enfield. Also called as ‘Bullet Women’, her trip ‘Azaadi’ will see her setting off on a 50-day ride from Kanyakumari to Ladakh.
She will be supported and aided by two of her friends from Kannur and Calicut. Their mission is to raise women empowerment, prevent women violence and also promote the unity between Hindu-Christian-Muslim solidarity.