Drukpa Nuns go on 4000 km bicycle trek to convey the deep message of human trafficking

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Buddhist Nuns from India ,Nepal ,Bhutan and Tibet all dressed in black sweatpants, red jackets and white helmets are all on a mission .They are on their cycles pedaling the treacherously steep, narrow mountain passes to India from Nepal , barring the hostile weather and camping out in the open. These are

Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa are set to complete a 4,000-km (2,485 mile) bicycle trek from Nepal’s Kathmandu to the northern city of Leh in India.Their mission is to create awareness about widespread human trafficking in this remote region.They also want to convey the message women have power and strength like men too.

In Nepal, women face threats like in India and Pakistan .In the recent earthquake, they heard about girls from poor families getting sold .More than 40,000 children lost their parents, were injured in that disaster.They wanted to do something about this

human trafficking .The Drukpa nuns decided with this trek to convey the message and not just pray all the time as nuns are expected to do.

This is their fourth journey led by the 53 year old Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Order.They meet local people, government officials and religious leaders to spread the message of gender equality, peaceful co-existence and respect for the environment.

They also deliver food to the poor, help villagers get medical care too.They are also known as the “Kung Fu nuns” as they are also trained in martial arts.

Since last 12 years, the strength of Drukpa nuns has grown to 500 from 30.

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