It is a happy sight in metro cities like Bengaluru where women have freedom of education, do their job and live on their own conditions. But in rural areas and villages, girls still struggle for their basic rights like education and lag behind.
However, the example set by Rekha V, a girl from the village of Karnataka is an inspiration to such girls who are fighting for their rights.
Life Was Tough For Young Rekha
The girl from Kotturu village in Karnataka’s district of Chikkaballaura had to leave her home two years ago when her mother tried to impose marriage. Rekha scored 74% marks in an SSLC examination (10th standard) after which her mother and family members starting forcing her to get married.
Rekha V objected to this and fled from home with her friends to Bengaluru. Rekha’s mother works as a domestic help in the village.
At the start, she enrolled in a computer training center in Hebbal. But soon she found out that this was not her cup of tea. She then called the child helpline 1098 to get help to continue her academic journey. The child welfare committee came to her rescue and moved her to Sparsha trust in Mathikere.
With their help, she secured a seat in Nelamangala’s Government PU College. Nelamangala is a town in Bangalore Rural district. The 18-year-old secured 90.3% in the II PU examinations and is already on her way to fulfill her academic dreams.
Rekha Wants To Become Advocate And Try For IAS
Rekha said, “I lost my father when I was a kid. I left the house as I was against child marriage and wanted to continue my studies. Now, I have a clear goal in life. I want to become an advocate first and then appear for the civil services examination.”
Although Rekha was not happy with the stand her mother took two years ago, the two has now bridged the gap. Rekha said, “After I ran away and came to Bengaluru and got back to studying, I did speak with my mother. I made my plan of studying clear to her and now we don’t have any rift between us. I go back to my village during the holidays and my mother also supports me now. She was very happy with my percentage and wants me to do better.”
She further added, “My mother feels bad about the fact that she couldn’t provide for me well and that she lived her life in drudgery but now with my scores and interest in studies, she feels proud of me. I want to study law now and I am still searching for good colleges to apply for.”
The aim of Rekha was to score 95% but she could only score 90%. She studied hard for two years and secured 542/600 in the PU examinations.
She has scored 100 marks in history and is now planning to do graduation in history, political science, and economics. According to the managing trustee of Sparsha Trust, R Gopinath, “Rekha was determined and focused. She was rescued by the CWC after she sought their help. We are proud of her achievement.”
Her story is an inspiration for those students who succumb to small pressures in life and become depressed or even end their lives.