A 20-year old girl is set to become a doctor as she has cleared the CBSE’s undergraduate National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical education. However, there is something more special about her story. The girl was married off when she was just eightyears old.
Even after marriage, Rupa Yadav continued her education and took coaching at a Kota-based institute. She then cleared the entrance test in her third attempt. Rupa scored 603 in the NEET and is currently attending counseling for admission. She hopes to make it to a government-run medical college.
The youngest among five siblings, Rupa was in Class III when she was married off along with her elder sister, Rukma. Rupa’s husband, Shankar Lal, who was just 12 at the time of marriage, and her in-laws, particularly her brother-in-law, Babulal, supported her in pursuing her dream, she said. As per reports, she said,
I scored 84 per cent in my Class X 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.
For her intermediate education, Rupa enrolled in a private school located 6 km away from her village — at Kareri in Chomu near Jaipur — and went on to score 81 per cent and 84 per cent marks in her Class XI and Class XII examinations, respectively. She added,
My in-laws, like my parents, are farmers. The income from farming is limited. So, my husband started running a cargo taxi to sponsor my education.
The Allen coaching institute has now decided to provide her with a monthly scholarship to help her complete the four-year MBBS course, she said, according to the report.