Indian schoolgirls form human chain to pull bus out of mud

Laurie Chen
A group of schoolgirls from Manipur were on a school trip to Loktak Lake, north-west India, when their bus broke down. - Twitter

A photo showing a group of Indian schoolgirls forming a human chain to pull a broken-down bus has gone viral on social media, with users calling it a testament to the strength of girl power.

The schoolgirls, from Manipur in north-east India, were on a school trip when their bus broke down on a steep, muddy hillside.

In the photos, dozens of girls can be seen dragging the bus up the narrow path using a giant rope.

Social media pundits were quick to praise their determination and teamwork. 

"Hats off to these brave girls. What a spirit," commented Mr Rahjit Singh Dev on a Facebook post.

Others criticised the government for not building viable roads in one of Manipur's biggest tourist hotspots.

"This is what Manipur state famous for. One of the most tourist place not maintaining proper road.....shame to the leaders responsible for not serving for the state and people," wrote Eunice Chan on Facebook.

The students of Waikhomani Girls' College were on their way back from a study trip to Loktak Lake in north-west India, which is the world's only floating national park. 

A spate of road accidents has hit Manipur in recent weeks, as 20 people died in four separate road incidents on the same day last month.

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