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Updated: May 11, 2013 04:30 IST

From child bride to school topper

Mohamed Imranullah S.
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S. Jeyaprabha. Photo: G. Moorthy
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S. Jeyaprabha. Photo: G. Moorthy

Jeyaprabha got back to studies after The Hindu reported her case

S. Jeyaprabha (19) of Nondi Kovil Patti at Melur near here is an example of what girls can achieve if freed from familial and societal pressure.

Given in marriage at 14 after her VIII Standard, she broke up with her husband at the age of 16, completed her Standard X examinations as a private candidate and has ultimately emerged as a school topper with 1,136 out of 1,200 marks in the Plus Two examinations held this year.

And she almost gave up studies last year, as the head of the government school decided to bar married girls from continuing their studies, as they may set a wrong example to other students. She got back her place in school after The Hindu reported it and higher authorities intervened.

Her mother S. Vimala rues the decision to marry her off to her brother, as per a prevailing community practice. “I thought she would take care of my aged parents if I give her in marriage to my only brother. But I didn’t expect him to be a drunkard. I curse myself now.”

After losing two years of studies, she wrote the Standard X examinations as a private candidate and scored 469 out of 500 marks. She joined the Government Girls Higher Secondary School at Melur.

She has now completed Class XII with 199 marks each in chemistry and biology, 188 in mathematics, 186 in physics, 190 in Tamil and 174 in English.

“She aspires to study medicine and has a cut-off of 195.75 marks.

“Belonging to a Backward Class, I don’t know whether she will get a free medical seat in a government college. Her father runs a shop that tends to cycle punctures and doesn’t earn much,” says the girl’s relative S. Pandiselvi.

“My maternal grandparents want me to live with their son and are refusing to part with my jewels and other articles given during the wedding. But I am determined not to go to him because now I know that child marriage is not valid in law and I need not apply for formal divorce. My search now is for a benefactor who will help me realise my dream of becoming a doctor,” she said.

Kudos to Jeyaprabha. Could you let us know how our help can reach her?
Whom should we contact if we are willing to help her?

from:  Arun Kumar
Posted on: May 13, 2013 at 17:30 IST

You have achieved something most in your position will not dare to.
Best of luck. You will get a medical seat and the help you need.

Wishing you best of luck and a bright future.

from:  Paul G
Posted on: May 13, 2013 at 17:17 IST

She should be given a free seat in the best medical college. Her courage and perseverance will make her a fine doctor which our country needs, not those who have large bank balances to pay through medical school for their kids.

from:  Nitya
Posted on: May 12, 2013 at 14:57 IST

I am most impressed that The Hindu has taken up this worthy cause.
I am happy to help this young lady .

from:  Narayan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 18:38 IST

Hates off - Well done Jeyaprabha
Y^ou will get a seat in medical college.
Whae-ever help you want for medical education, please contact ---


from:  Paul Govindan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 18:18 IST

It is indeed commendable that Jeyaprabha has fought against all the
odds to attain success. Hats off to her determination, hard work, can
do attitude.
I am very much interested in helping her through her graduation. As
rightly asked by Shri, can Hindu take the lead and channalise this
help and ensure it reaches her? Or please advise the ways to help
Jeyaprabha in achieving her dream to become a doctor.

Best Regards,
Arun Kumar

from:  Arun Kumar
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 18:14 IST

Please provide the contact details of this canditate . we will try our level best to help.

from:  nizam
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 17:34 IST

As per this post this girl will not get a free seat even after scoring 195.75 marks. What is the cutoff that gurantee a medical seat. What would be the cost of a paid seat if a person or a group is willing to pay for her.

from:  Jay
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 17:07 IST

When news of children committing suicide for scoring low marks, the strength in Jeyaprabha to scale the peaks in spite of many things against her is something great. Bharathi's Puthumaippen is with us. Really I am proud of her.

from:  Kannan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 15:15 IST

great.. get me the connect of this inspiring person. i might help her in realizing her dream.

from:  sam
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 14:01 IST

I wish members of her community to come forward and extend all the help
to peruse studies so that her dreams are achieved.

from:  ashok.s
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 14:01 IST

I am touched by the grit of this young girl. Kudos to The Hindu in ensuring that this girl continues to study when she was about to be thrown out of the class.

from:  Krishnaswamy Venkatesan
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 13:34 IST

How can we help ?
Please let us know.

from:  Ajay Gautam
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 12:49 IST

Hats off to Jeyaprabha for the achievement, which speaks well on her
mental strength and willingness to come up, despite all odds. Our
Congratulations to THE HINDU for being a change agent of the society, by
regularly highlighting such issues.

from:  Jegadesh Kumar
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 12:07 IST

Dear Sir,

I would like to help Jeyaprabha. Please advise on the same.



from:  A R S Mani
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 11:56 IST

Well done Jeyaprabha! What an achievement! Congrats. Truly inspiring! Please don't give up
your ambition of becoming a doctor at any cause. I would love to help you in every possible
way. Can "Hindu" take this forward in managing and channelizing the "help process"?

from:  Shri
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 08:41 IST

I am assuming that she is going get a seat in a medical college in Chennai under the backward class quota. If that is the case, how much it would cost per year to complete her MBBS course?

from:  Bhaskar
Posted on: May 11, 2013 at 06:40 IST
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