TAKENGON, Indonesia (Reuters) – Devi Apriliyani turns heads when the carnival she works with comes to town.
The slight 20-year-old, clad in a hijab headscarf and without a helmet, performs a daring Wall of Death stunt, speeding around a ring on a pink motorcycle to a height of 10 m (33 ft).
“I want to show that women, though usually considered weak, are capable of doing dangerous things,” said the stunt rider before a show in Takengon, a highland town in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province.
Inspired by her step-brother who is also a stunt rider, Apriliyani started stunt-riding three years ago.
Now she lets go of her handlebars while speeding around the Wall of Death at more than 100 kmh (62 mph).
Moving around the country’s archipelago with her husband, Ahmad Herdiansyah Daulay, who also works in the traveling amusement park, and their 18-month-old daughter, Cheryl Aulidya, Apriliyani said she is paid 300,000 Indonesian rupiah ($21) a day, and can perform up to 300…
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