A Karnataka Girl Scored 90% In II PUC Exam After Escaping Child Marriage

With her hardwork and dedication, a Karnataka girl named Rekha V scored 90.3% in the recently announced II PUC examination results. State education institution helds II PUC course which is an pre-university course or intermediate course (known as 10+2). Rekha who hails from Chikkaballapur village, Karnataka was forced by her mother to get married two years back, so she ran away from her home. She got helped by her friend in Bengaluru and there she joined a computer training centre in Hebbal.

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She is just 18-years-old girl and is a resident of Kotturu village in Bagepalli taluk, Chikkaballapura district. Her mother works as a domestic help in the village. Two years back,  in 2017 when Rekha scored 74% in an SSLC exam (10th standard), she was forced for getting married by her mother and other relatives in her family. To escape marriage, she ran away from her home to Bengaluru. After reaching Bengaluru, she joined computer training classes in Hebbal. Rekha did not find computer classes satisfactory and she dialled child helpline number 1098 to ask for help in completing her education.

The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) members visited her PG and shifted her to Sparsha Trust in Mathikere, Bengaluru and helped her get a seat in Government PU College in Gollahali, Nelamagala. Rekha started studying and on April 18 when her PU results were out, she scored 542/600 in history.

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“Rekha was determined and focused. She was rescued by the CWC after she sought their help. We are proud of her achievement,” said R Gopinath, managing trustee of Sparsha Trust.

"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 holidays and my mother also supports me now. She was very happy with my percentage and wants me to do better," Rekha V told.

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She 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.”

by Mamatha Reddy | Fri, Apr 26 - 08:36 AM

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