Dhananjay Kumar, a 27-year-old man from Jharkhand, drove almost 1,300 km on a scooter to take his pregnant wife, Soni Hembram, 22, for her exam in Madhya Pradesh. The couple started their journey from Ganta Tola village, Godda district, to reach Gwalior for the DEd (Diploma in Education) exam.

The couple crossed four states, struggling through rains and poor roads amid the coronavirus scare and lockdown at many places.

Kumar told news agency PTI that he and his wife decided to travel on his two-wheeler as trains or buses were not available and they couldn’t afford a cab.

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

The couple reached its destination on August 30. The DEd exam, conducted by MP Board of Secondary Education, will continue till September 11.

“If I had hired a taxi for coming to Gwalior, it would have cost Rs 30,000 which was a big amount for me. Whatever little jewellery we have, we mortgaged it to raise Rs 10,000. So far, we have spent Rs 5,000 on our one-way journey and on a room that we have taken on rent in Deendayal Nagar here,” Kumar said.