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Rajasthan child bride Rupa Yadav, who cleared NEET, faces fund struggle – promises remain on paper

When Rupa Yadav cleared the highly competitive National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET), accolades poured in for her. However, it seems that not many are willing to help or support her except for the initial enthusiastic praises.  Born in rural Rajasthan, Rupa was married off at just eight years if age.  However, her zest for academics convinced her husband and his family to send her to school, a feat virtually unheard in those parts of Rajasthan. Even though they were very poor, the whole family poole

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When Rupa Yadav cleared the highly competitive National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET), accolades poured in for her. However, it seems that not many are willing to help or support her except for the initial enthusiastic praises.

Born in rural Rajasthan, Rupa was married off at just eight years if age.

However, her zest for academics convinced her husband and his family to send her to school, a feat virtually unheard in those parts of Rajasthan. Even though they were very poor, the whole family pooled in to keep her dreams alive.

Rupa also worked inhumanely hard, working in the fields, going to school and completing household chores.

She and her family were ridiculed and harassed, but they stuck to their guns.

Twelve years later, Rupa won over her sceptics spectacularly. She cracked the famously difficult NEET and bagged a seat at Sardar Patel Medical College in Bikaner.

Praises for the fairy tale victory flowed in, with many assurances of help.

But, a month later, her husband Shankar All Yadav told The Indian Express that none of the promises have materialized.

He and his brother are somehow paying for Rupa's fees now but they would be requiring assistance very soon. None of the NGOs or any other organisation have lent a helping hand as of yet.

The only hope in the horizon is Allen coaching centre, Rupa's alma mater. They have promised to pay her Rs.1500 every month for the four years of her degree and have even opened a bank account in her name.

But this amount is nearly not enough for an expensive medical degree, and the family needs help fast to preserve the young girl's hard won victory.

 

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