INDIA NEWS: There are many inspiring events during the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. Quite recently a 48-year-old Telangana mother has made the news with her incredible story of going all out to rescue her 19-year-old son during lockdown.
There are stories of many people who are stranded across the globe just like Razia’s son, Mohammed Nizamuddin. He, along with a classmate had travelled to Rehmatabad in the Nellore district on March 12, reports News 18.
“I accompanied him as he was going to see his father who was unwell and I also wanted to visit a dargah at Rehmatabad. We went in train on March 12. I had booked a return ticket for March 23 but the trains were canceled and the lockdown started and I got stranded there,” Nizamuddin told Indian Express. The 19-year-old student of Narayana Medical Academy in Hyderabad tried hard to look for other public transports to reach home but all in vain.
“I stayed with my friend’s family while I and my mother tried to figure out over phone how to return home,” he said. Razia, the headmistress of Bodhan Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency School, reached out to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bodhan V Jaipal Reddy twice to seek help so as to get her son back home.
“I was worried that he won’t take enough precautions to stay in safe zone to protect himself from coronavirus. Nellore is one of the affected districts and I was really worried for him. If he is at home I can keep a watch. Police suggested I wait for a few days as the lockdown was being implemented strictly,” she said.
Hence, on April 5, Razia finally decided to drive to Nellore and bring her son back home. “I had no option but to go on my scooty. Hiring a car was out of question as no one was interested and besides if I was travelling in a car the chances of being allowed by police on the highway were bleak. I thought that by riding on the scooty alone I would be able to convince cops to allow me to travel. I neither informed my son nor my brothers and sisters. I started off early Monday morning and only after reaching Toopran on the outskirts of Hyderabad I informed my son that I was coming to pick him up,” she explained.
“I have been driving two-wheeler since 25 years. My husband passed away 14 years ago and even at that time I used to drive to Hyderabad on a two-wheeler when he had to undergo dialysis. So I was not afraid although the distance was daunting,” she added.
Razia packed some ‘rotis’ for herself and carried a can of extra fuel with her. She would stop at petrol pumps to refill her scooty’s fuel tank, reports NDTV. Giving details about her 1400 km long journey, Razia said, “I took 15-20 minute breaks at fuel stations, drank water and let the scooty engine cool down. Thankfully, the scooty did not break down anywhere. When I reached the Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border, it was late evening and the cops there were surprised to see me. They were taken aback when I told them where I was coming from and where I was going and it took a lot of convincing to allow me to go. They were worried about my safety; they said that there was no one on the highway and night was falling. However, I convinced them that I will be safe and drove away. The highway was dark and lonely but I had to pick up my son. I was stopped by police at a check post at 2 am on Tuesday on the outskirts Nellore. After listening to my story, they said that the road ahead was dangerous and advised me to halt for some time. I waited at a roadside shelter near the check post till 4 am and then called my son that I was nearby.”
Boasting off his mother’s efforts, Nizamuddin said, “She arrived at 7:30 am. She drove almost 23-24 hours to pick me up and I was overwhelmed and very happy to see her. We left again in the afternoon and returned to Bodhan Wednesday evening. She had her first good meal after two days.”
ACP Bodhan V Jaipal Reddy too lauded Razia for her brave act. “She is a gutsy lady. I tried to persuade her to hire a car but she said she doesn’t have that much money and went on the scooty. She requested a letter from me stating the reason for which she was traveling to be shown if she was stopped at checkpoints. Her courage to bring back her stranded son is very moving,” he said.
Razia’s story has impressed people on social media. They are calling her ‘Mother India’ and ‘super mom’ for her commendable gesture towards her son. Have a look:
Razia is truly an example of how a mother can go beyond any limits to help and protect her children. Kudos to you, ma’am!