Girl Who Fled Home To Escape Child Marriage, Scores 90% In Karnataka Pre-University Board


It is often seen in rural areas that girls are persecuted to take up house chores and get married early.

Well, there are some who fight against their parents, fight against social norms and customs and unfollow rituals to achieve what they had dreamt for. One among such fearless soul is 18-year-old Rekha V who aspires to become IAS officer. She went against her mother’s wish to get one step closer to her dream, reported The Times of India. When she was 16, Rekha, a resident of Kottur village in Bagepalli taluk, Chikkaballapura district in Karnataka ran away from her residence after scoring 74% in SSLC exam. The reason for her runaway you ask?  she was being forced to undergo marriage. She opposed it. Her mother who is a domestic worker along with her family members pressurised Rekha to marry. She refused it and ran away to Bengaluru and stayed with her friends.

Her life in Bengaluru

As soon as she came to Bangalore, she joined a computer training centre in Hebbal. Not satisfied with the computer course, Rekha reached out to child helpline by dialling 1098 to seek help in continuing her education. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) visited her PG and helped her to shift to Sparsha Trust in Mathikere. The body also facilitated to get her a seat in Government Pre-University (PU) College in Gollahalli, Nelamangala.

Result of two years

Rekha’s two-year struggle finally gave her result that she has been yearning for years. On April 18, when the PU results were declared, Rekha scored 542 out of 600 marks which is equivalent to 90%. She now wants to do triple BA in history, political science and economics. After this, she wants to become an advocate and later appear for the civil services examination. R Gopinath, managing trustee of Sparsha Trust told The Times of India that Rekha was always determined and focused. She further said that the trust is proud of her achievement.

The Logical Indian appreciates Rekha’s courage and her hard work. The way she fought against her family to succeed in life is praiseworthy. We ask all the parents to not to pressurise their kids to take up things that they do not like. Let the children decide what they want to pursue in their future.