Married off at 8, this 20-year-old cracked NEET, set to become doctor in Rajasthan

Rupa scored 603 in the NEET and is currently attending counselling for admission. She hopes to make it to a government-run medical college. Youngest among five siblings, Rupa was in Class III when she was married off along with her elder sister Rukma.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: July 5, 2017 3:18 pm
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A 20-year old girl, who was married off when she was just eight, is set to become a doctor after clearing the CBSE’s undergraduate National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical education. Even after her marriage Rupa Yadav continued her education, undertook coaching at a Kota-based institute and cleared the test in her third attempt.

Rupa scored 603 in the NEET and is currently attending counselling for admission. She hopes to make it to a government-run medical college.

Youngest among five siblings, Rupa was in Class III when she was married off along with her elder sister Rukma.
Her husband Shankar Lal, who was just 12 at the time of marriage, and her in-laws, particularly brother-in-law Babulal, supported her in pursuing her dream, she said.

“I scored 84 per cent in my Class X examinations. Everyone, including our neighbours and relatives, told my in-laws to let me continue my education and they agreed. I am very thankful for their support,” she said.

For her intermediate education, Rupa enrolled at 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.

Rupa said that she decided to become a doctor when her uncle Bhimaram Yadav died of cardiac arrest due to lack of medical assistance. In her first attempt at the AIPMT, she scored 415 marks and was ranked 23,000. In her last attempt at NEET, a year-long coaching helped her improve her score to 503.

While Rupa wanted to continue her preparations at Kota, her family’s financial troubles were emerging as a roadblock. While a private institute, Allen coaching, waived 75 per cent of her fees, paying the remaining fee and staying at Kota were still a challenge.

“My in-laws, like my parents, are farmers. The income from farming is meagre. So, my husband started plying a cargo taxi to sponsor my education,” said Rupa.

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.

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    Jumbo
    Jul 3, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Very touching. This lady makes us proud, and is a great role model for girls in rural India. There cannot be words enough for her bravery and determination. Even more than her, her husband and in-laws are amazing. The husband and his brother appear to be truly noble people. It was very moving to hear of the husband driving a cargo taxi -- an auto perhaps -- to sponsor his wife's education. The family comes from a backward, conservative region, but have managed to get ahead of their social environment and have made many sacrifices for the advancement of their daughter in law. They too give us hope and pride. This story belongs right next to Dangal for a movie. I can imagine Aamir as the father in law :-)
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      Sivakumar
      Jul 3, 2017 at 12:24 am
      Her in-laws are inspiring for their support
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        Abhimanyu Karkara
        Jul 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm
        Media should publish such mind pleasing news rather of crime and deceit. At 78 ,feel` good although I have serious health problems. If possible there should be separate segment for such stories. This will create happy environment in society especially for the growing children and we old people.
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          Manu USA
          Jul 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm
          Daring, and hard work. India needs girls like you. Congratulations on your success.
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            MyTake
            Jul 2, 2017 at 10:29 am
            Very inspiring .
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              satish vyas
              Jul 2, 2017 at 9:06 am
              weldone Rupa ,best of luck
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                jasmine
                Jul 2, 2017 at 7:50 am
                congrats and good luck for your future!
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                  Syed Nizam
                  Jul 1, 2017 at 9:51 pm
                  History changed....,for every woman's success man behind it. Good luck to Rupa and thanks to yadavji. Every woman should develop their skills.
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