In small villages of Rajasthan child marriage is still a common practice a, they think a girl child is unlucky and a burden for them and differentiate a man from a woman, even after staying in the country which had some of the great women like Laxmi Bai, Kalpana Chawla, Indra Nooyi and Chanda Kochhar in our country. In the list of these great women, there would a new name joining in as, the story of Rupa Yadav from Jaipur’s Kareri village will make you proud of her.
According to Hindustan Times, Rupa was married when she was 8 years old and was studying in 3rd standard. She got married to Shankar, who was 12-years-old. They had to tie the knot because Rupa’s elder sister was marrying to Shankar’s elder brother. Rupa was good at studies and always dream’t of becoming a doctor. As she was from a small village her dreams were only going in vain, but her in-laws supported her and didn’t let that happen.
Before Rupa completed her 10th standard she moved to Shankar’s house. Rupa passed her exams with good marks in 10th class, she got 89%. Her passion for studying more was supported by her in-laws. There were no schools in the village so Shankar got her admissions in a private school which was 6 kms away from their village.
Rupa worked very hard and scored 84 percent, and later completed her B.Sc and following with an AIPMT to get good college for medical. But unfortunately, she didn’t get a seat as her rank was 23,000.
Someone suggested her to go to Kota and clear her medical exams. Rupa was scared if her in-laws will allow her to go or not as they were facing financial problems. Shankar’s family was facing villager’s wrath as they were letting Rupa study so much. To bear the expenses of Rupa’s study they started driving Auto-Rickshaw.
In 2016, she gave NEET but couldn’t clear it. Rupa’s family couldn’t afford Kota for another year but then the institute waived off 75% of her fees. Again in 2017 she gave exam for NEET and scored a rank of 2,283. Now she is participating in counseling for a Govt. college in Rajasthan.
Grown up from a risk like a child marriage, she has given a great example of what a woman can achieve if someone supports her to fight against the society. In future, Rupa will not only become a doctor but will motivate thousands of other girls to dream like her.