Pedalling against dowry, female foeticide

BANGALORE: Strange as it may seem, but this is Bhausaheb Bhawar’s way to fight evils like female foeticide, dowry harassment and the stigma of HIV/AIDS in society.

Source: Express Buzz

BANGALORE: Strange as it may seem, but this is Bhausaheb Bhawar’s way to fight evils like female foeticide, dowry harassment and the stigma of HIV/AIDS in society.

Bhawar has been cycling every day to new places since January 2007 to create awareness against these social evils. The 38yearold resident of Jalna district, Maharashtra, reached Bangalore on Wednesday. His next destination is Mysore from where he will head to Kerala and Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

“This year I am planning to move across Southeast Asia covering Bengal, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar and create awareness on AIDS,” said Bhawar. “I want to set an example.”

He said people should not be silent spectators but leave their four walls and come forward to fight for the cause.

“I decided to take up the cause when I saw my sister suffering because of dowry harassment,” he said. Bhawar was then in class VII.

“Since Class XII, I started working towards this goal,” he said. “Coming from a farmer’s background, I was sure that getting a decent job was not my fate and so I decided to take up this cause.”

Bhawar did the first round of his tour on cycle from 1993 till 2006.

“This is my second round that I started from Mumbai on January 1, 2007,” he said. “Since then I am on road covering states like Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka,” he said.

In Karnataka, he has already covered Bijapur, Gulbarga, Belgaum, Hassan, Hubli, Dharwad, Shimoga, Manipal, Udupi, Mangalore, Hassan.

“On an average I cover about 4050 kms everyday,” he said.

Bhawar said he stops at places to address people of the area who gather at schools, colleges, community centres and places of worship.

“I am amazed that even the welleducated people are still into the practice of female foeticide and dowry harassment,” he said.

“, I have seen that eastern states like Assam, Tripura, Sikkim and West Bengal have fewer cases,” he said, adding that women should come out against these evils.



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