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Jaipur Girl Was Married Off At 8 But Held On To Her Dreams, Now Set To Become Doctor

Life may not always offer you a great start but if you let that spoil your whole life, it is because you did not try hard enough. Can you imagine life of an eight-year-old girl who just got married to a 12-year-old boy? Most of us will expect that she had to spend most of her kitchen and household chores but this child-bride is on the verge of entering a medical college today.

Meet 20-year-old Rupa Yadav who has already celebrated her 12th wedding anniversary but feather in her cap is that she is set to become a doctor after clearing the CBSE’s undergraduate National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical education.

Unlike most child brides, Rupa continued her education even after her marriage and got coaching from a Kota-based institute. She cleared the test in her third attempt making her husband and in-laws very proud. She has scored 603 in the NEET and is currently attending counselling for admission. She hopes to make it to a government-run medical college.

Rupa was the youngest among five siblings. She was in STD 3 when she was married off along with her elder sister Rukma. Her husband Shankar Lal, who was just 12 at the time of marriage, and her in-laws, particularly brother-in-law Babulal, supported her in pursuing her dream, she said.

“I scored 84 per cent in my STD 10 examinations. Everyone, including our neighbors and relatives, told my in-laws to let me continue my education and they agreed. I am very thankful for their support,” she said.

For her intermediate education, Rupa enrolled at a private school located 6 km away from her village Kareri in Chomu near Jaipur. She went on to score 81 percent and 84 percent marks in her Class STD 11 and STD 12 examinations, respectively.

Rupa said that she decided to become a doctor when her uncle Bhimaram Yadav died of cardiac arrest due to lack of medical assistance. In her first attempt at the AIPMT, she scored 415 marks and was ranked 23,000. In her last attempt at NEET, a year-long coaching helped her improve her score to 503.

While Rupa wanted to continue her preparations at Kota, her family’s financial troubles were emerging as a roadblock. While a private institute, Allen coaching, waived 75 per cent of her fees, paying the remaining fee and staying at Kota were still a challenge.

“My in-laws are farmers, like my parents. The income from farming is meager. So, my husband started plying a cargo taxi to sponsor my education,” said Rupa. The Allen coaching institute has now decided to provide her with a monthly scholarship to help her complete the four-year MBBS course.

It was the extraordinary determination of Rupa that showed in her marksheet year after year. Her family got her back as they were confident about her success. She has shown that grit to succeed can cross all barriers and change your life at your will.

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