“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe
What 16-year-old Mampi Khatoon did is no less than exemplary, despite the numerous hurdles life unveils. Mampi got married in 2015 when she was studying in class 9. The decision was taken by her family members who wanted her to get settled as early as possible.
When Mampi insisted that she would complete her studies post marriage, her husband and in-laws agreed to this. However, they later discouraged her and ridiculed her for wanting to continue her studies.
Passing her Madhyamik exam this year, she informed her husband about her decision to take admission in class 11, which he refused. A few days later she visited her parents and informed them about what her husband said. She then told them that she wishes to continue studying and would not go back to her husband’s home.
A few days later she got admitted to class XI in a school nine kilometers from home. The school’s headmaster granted her free admission as she saw her eagerness to study. After Mampi’s in-laws came to know about the news, they came to take her back home. They started yelling at her parents for daring to allow her to go to school and ordered Mampi to pack her bags and return with them.
With utter determination, Mampi walked up to her husband and shouted “Talaq” thrice, followed by an unusual silence. Her in-laws left after the incident, Mampi is now happily completing her studies and her parents regret their decision of forcing her into marriage at such an early age.
They want her to continue her education now for as long as she wants. In an interview with The Times of India, Mampi said, “I have to get on with life and carve my path just like Malala Yousafzai did.”